EHN Nepal’s second free medical camp was in July in Rupa Joyti School by Rupa lake followed by a day at the women’s center we helped funded to build just before the earthquake overlooking Begnas lake.
This medical camp was completely managed by EHN in conjunction with the local community comprised of a mixed team from Brazil, USA, Ukraine and Nepal.
The medical camps are set up in pretty much the same way as all temporary health camps are with a registration desk, triage room, doctor consultation and examination room followed lastly by a free pharmacy.
Volunteers are required to help at one or more of the sections depending on experience but as we will have qualified Nepalese doctors and nurses in the team you won’t be required to treat unless happy to do so. Most of the time you will work alongside the doctors when treating and the Nepali volunteers when doing triage and registration.
EHN also had simple eye sight tests using the charts and audio testing using the portable audio testing system Shoebox from Canada. We found many children with hearing problems due to simple infection caused by poking items in their ears or colds and flu that not been treated correctly. Many only needed anti biotic but with the more severe cases we took them to an ENT specialist in Pokhara for further tests and treatment.
Over the 6 days we ran the medical camp for we had about 500 visitors of all ages with various complaints, many just needed pain killers or anti histamines for back and skin issues and some required further checks at the local general hospital where we refer patients we cannot diagnose properly.
On the last two days back at Rupa Joyti School we taught hand wash hygiene using glitter to show how easy bacteria spread followed by hand washing using a UV gel that highlights bacteria. We ask some children to wash their hands with water only, then under a UV light showed how much bacteria they still had on their hands. Then they were given anti-bacterial soap and washed their hands again where they could see the visible difference of using soap to wash.
Finally at the very end we took the team to lakeside Pokhara for pizza and hot fudge pudding for some well-earned R&R before heading back to Kathmandu.
Higher levels of health encourage longer healthier lives and the knowledge to know how to prevent getting sick or infected only further improves their quality of life.
That is why these medical camps are the foundation of EHN as they encapsulate what we are about as an NGO and how we feel we can help which is why we really want to run more of them in 2020 and in more remote locations. We can only do this with your support whether it’s coming as a volunteer or donating towards the free medicines we provide.
April 1st to 15th is the next medical camp but if you are interested you will need to move fast we only have 3 to 4 spaces left.
If not the last week of July will be the second EHN medical camp then we are looking to push up to 3500m into the Annapurna range to run a two sight med camp firstly in lower Manang then moving up to upper. We don’t have any dates yet but the plan is to run this one at in the last two weeks of August.
If you are a medical student who need to do an elective placement then we can also offer places at WRH hospital in Pokhara or Kanti children’s hospital in Kathmandu which you can do either before or after a medical.
If you are interested in joining us or helping us please contact firstname.lastname@example.org