EHN and medical care in the Himalayas Medical care in the Himalayas is very scarce to say the least, often medical posts are staffed by just health visitors with the nearest qualified Doctors being stationed hours away in the nearest town. So when someone falls sick the journey to the hospital can prove fatal because of the time it takes to get there combined with the conditions of the roads on which they have to travel. So because of this Education & Health Nepal wants to push into these areas where the help is needed so we came up with a plan to recruit equipped and run our own medical camps. Our first visit into the area The medical camp EHN ran in July 2014 was the first time we had worked in this village and district which is why we only ran a small team. With One medical student from Spain and three Nepali medical staff who were supported by two locals. And the main aim of that med camp was to offer entry level health care in this area of Nepal because of the lack of clinics & hospitals. So in order to build up trust with the local community the team was made up of a combination of volunteers and Nepali staff who share the duties and work between them. On this med camp we found allot of muscle problems and skin complaints due to the high humidity and bare feet working in the fields. As well as some female related issues which we were unable to treat due to lack of medicines and a private examination room. Running the free med camp for 6 days in total and consulted and treated over 500 patients from the village and surrounding area.
December 2014 second medical camp in the area As of 2014 EHN has started to get involved in some medical research as well as treatments. We are conducting a menstruation questionnaire on behalf of a clinic and the Nepali health department this December and we will be testing blood sugar levels using glucometers for most of 2015. The reason for this is there is a theory that over eating of carbs can lead to the pancreas being over worked and the person developing type2 diabetes. It is only a theory so far but we hope to test over 5000 rural Nepali’s to be able to ascertain if this could be a major problem in Nepal. With the blood sugar levels we test twice in one day with a 2hr gap in-between the tests. This will give us decent tests to a lab as we don’t have access to any labs in the villages so how you wish to run your research could be a major problem in Nepal.
Please note- If you have a specific subject you would like to research in Nepal we would need at least 3 months to plan your project for you. EHN will also require the details of what you want to test and how you wish to conduct your research.
How volunteers can help? EHN also encourages volunteers to help raise funds for medicines and or equipment for the med camps but this is not a requirement of volunteering with EHN. So far we have seen and treated over 4000 people in villages across Nepal and in 2015 we hope to see even more with your help.
The future As EHN grows over the next couple of years we are looking to build, train and equipped a small medical centre in this area. Our aim is to build a strong working relationship with the local community by running the medical camps at first which can help us gain a better understanding of what is needed before we start.