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First of all EHN has been funding the construction of a new toilet block at Rupa school with money raised and donated by Lynn Guy and her Church group back in the UK. They donated around £7000 to help pay for the construction of the new toilet. We sent the first amount back in April but due to a heavy monsoon building work was delayed. As it stands the lower section of the building is almost done and will open soon with a second floor being constructed at a later date to be used for storage. As with most school toilets in rural schools in Nepal they are not very hygienic and in many cases broken or not working properly which send the children into the fields or bushes. Lynn identified this problem when she was volunteering with EHN at Rupa School and convinced her Church group to donate the annual funds to rebuild a new facility. Lynn will be back in Nepal later this year to see how it’s going and the difference it has made to the children and staff.

Secondly EHN is looking to raise money to help support to two Doctors from Kanti Children’s hospital obtain fellowship degrees. The first doctor wishes to get a qualification in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and the other in Haematology. Kanti hospital had a brand new ICU ward open this year but they only have one fully qualified doctor to work in it so they are desperate for ICU doctors. Also the lab needs a Haematologist to help run the tests on blood work and get the right treatment for the children. At the moment the hospital only has an Adult Haematologist but they really need a qualified Paediatric specialist. There are many departments that really need Paediatric qualified doctors but as they need to take a year out of work to study and many of them already have families it hard for them to get the qualifications. EHN is looking to help with their living costs while in India studying the relevant qualification. Once they have completed the course they will be under contract to Kanti hospital for a minimum of 4 years.

Last project I wanted to talk about are the free medical camps EHN runs every year. This year we have seen a decrease in the number of volunteers applying which meant we couldn’t run a med camp in July but we also lost Raju when he had s serious accident and fractured his C2 vertebrae. This meant that with the main member of staff who helps run the med camps out for many months and low numbers of volunteers applying we have had to cancel the free med camps for 2017. What we would like to do for 2018 is raise money earlier in the year to help cover the costs of the free medicine and doctor so we are not reliant on volunteer numbers. What this will mean is we can plan further ahead and offer a free health check and treatment no matter how many volunteers apply.

If you would like to help EHN raise money for either or both of the above projects or like Lynn want to undertake your own project in Nepal but need someone on the ground to manage it please drop us an email.

All the best to one and all and hope to see you in Nepal soon

An update from Nepal

Namaste one and all,

Sorry it’s been so long since my last blog but with Raju needing serious surgery on his vertebrae it’s been a hectic and worrying 5 weeks.  Now he is well on his way to recovering thanks to all the people who have helped and we hope to see him back helping to run EHN in the next few months.

As for EHN we have seen a little decrease in the number of volunteers arriving June to July but already have 11 either coming or already in Nepal now. We hope to see more booking in the later months of the year and will push hard to get the numbers up for 2018. On the projects, Rupa schools new toilet building is looking great and will make a big difference to the school and Damgade School will have the final painting team go in early next year to finish the main school building. Gorkha School has been running for a few months now and all is good there with the children extremely happy to have a new school building. On the hospitals we have had a few bookings for Kanti children’s hospital but really need a few more so if you know anyone looking to work in Paediatrics that wants a short terms internship in Nepal please put them in touch with us.

On the medical camps EHN has tried to run at least two free medical camps per year but unfortunately we won’t be running any this year due to Rajus injury. EHN is a small NGO as many of you know and Sarita the other member of staff has a 1yr old Daughter so without either of them being able to work outside the Kathmandu valley we have decided not to run a med camp in 2017.

We will how ever be looking for both volunteers and sponsors to help fund two or three med camps in 2018 if you are interested in joining us or fund raising to pay for free medicines please just drop us an email.

Nepal on the hole has had a heavy monsoon this year with many landslides blocking roads and disrupting supply routes. In Kathmandu we have been seeing allot more sinkholes popping up around town which we think is due to pipes being damaged or broken during the earthquake in 2015. With the heavy rains allot of soil has been washed away causing road surfaces to collapse. No serious injuries but allot of hassle trying to get around town.

So there is a little update on EHN and what’s going on…

 

Phil

EHN

Medical volunteers required for a children`s hospital in Kathmandu.

EHN is looking for medical students who wish to volunteer in Nepal’s only government hospital for children. We require a minimum of one month commitment up to 3 months with the option to help in various departments of the hospital.
The hospital has various wards and departments including Oncology, Cardio, ICU, Radiology, Surgery, Physiotherapy and Neurology. As an intern you will be working alongside the doctors and nurses in which ever departments you choose. The standard week in Nepal is 6 days with Saturdays off and the day runs from 10am to 4 or 5pm each day.
The hospital sees 100s of out patients a day and runs free vaccination for all children 2 days a week along with the various departments mentioned 7 days a week. Many of the families that bring their children to Kanti with serious conditions have to travel from some of the most remote parts of Nepal as they are unable to get the specialist care their children need. Without Kanti many children would get the care and treatment they need so supporting the hospital and they work they do is a priority for EHN.
With this project EHN and Kanti have a system in place that pays $200 per month of your volunteer fee directly to the Oncology department so they can subsidise or offer free treatment for the children. This is an extremely valuable service as many of the families could not afford the treatment and bills to help fight one of the worst health issues a child could face, cancer.
This is a great chance to see how the only affordable hospital for children in Nepal operates while giving directly to the ongoing treatment of young Nepali children diagnosed with cancer.
As with all projects we look to place volunteer with a local family as a home stay guest with two meals a day provided and a family atmosphere. It is possible to arrange for you to stay in a local guesthouse if you would some more privacy but this would increase the cost.
This project cost is the same as the WRH hospital in Pokhara and costs $650 or £520 per month plus the $105 or £80 admin fee to cover your airport pickup, first two nights in a guesthouse with breakfast, a city tour and your last night in KTM and a taxi back to the airport the day you leave Nepal.
If you wish to know more about this project please contact Phil@ehn-nepal.org