Global Grizzlies Med Trek Report

EHN Nepal and the Global Grizzlies volunteer team  team ran a 20 day med trek through 6 rural villages in Nepal in July 2013. The main purpose of this venture was to offer free first aid to rural Nepalese while collecting data on the general state of health in villages in Nepal. We also used a black UV light for the first time to highlight bacteria and how easy it is to think your hands are clean after washing. We have decided based on how the med trek went to split the UV light into a lesson that we will start to teach in schools next year.

Tittepani, Parbat, 94 people checked and treated
Group Number Checked Number needing treatment
Male 16U 33 11
Female 16U 44 17
Men 17+ 14 2
Woman 17+ 4 1
Armana, Prbat, 99 people checked and treated
Male 16U 27 10
Female 16U 43 14
Men 17+ 8 4
Woman 17+ 21 11
Karkinetta, Parbat, 195 people checked and treated
Male 16U 81 31
Female 16U 61 27
Men 17+ 21 4
Woman 17+ 32 8
Shrijana School, Bajung, 166 people checked and treated
Group Number Checked Number needing treatment
Male 16U 88 19
Female 16U 56 16
Men 17+ 10 2
Woman 17+ 12 5
Balewa, Parbat, 245 people checked and treated
Male 16U 138 34
Female 16U 81 27
Men 17+ 6 2
Woman 17+ 20 6

Nayapol, Balung, 153 people checked and treated
Male 16U 42 13
Female 16U 51 17
Men 17+ 19 11
Woman 17+ 41 16
Mallaj, Beni, 192 people checked and treated
Male 16U 95 29
Female 16U 84 31
Men 17+ 5 1
Woman 17+ 8 4

We found that most treatment needed was for skin complaints as well as muscle and joint related problems. With some children we found sight and hearing problems but not at a high level where as the older people did suffer from cataracts in some cases. Stomach issues where lower than we had expected for the monsoon period but the area we ran the med trek in is off the Annapurna circuit and has a good supply of clean drinking water. All data collected will be used by EHN to equip and supply future med treks so we can take the correct medicines needed to treat common health problems in Nepal.