May 2019 Update: CONSTRUCTION BEGINS!
We have broken ground on the health center! It’s a very exciting time for us and for the community of Phuleli to see this project becoming reality!
PROBLEM / CHALLENGES
Nepal is one of the countries with very poor health infrastructure. The doctor to population ratio for the whole country is 1:1724. Like most developing nations, doctors are geographically poorly distributed across Nepal. In the capital city Kathmandu one doctor has 850 people to care for, but in the rural areas the ratio is one doctor for every 150,000 people. Besides this ratio, there are many barriers to health care such as poverty, complexity of the geography and lack of awareness.
Phuleli is one of the many remote villages in the Solukhumbu Region of Nepal in the foothills of Mount Everest. For basic medical treatment at a hospital or clinic people need to walk for an average of at least 8 hours. There is an urgent need to address this problem.
After a needs assessment and a priority request from the local community people of Phuleli, our partner, The Small World, has decided to provide a fully furnished, free medical center for this village in partnership with the local community, The Small World USA, and international donors and supporters.
Your donation will directly benefit this very important project by building a community medical care center with 24 hour service. A full time health assistant & registered nurse will be employed to provide emergency care. We will have facilities for emergency services, safe child delivery, dental care, a lab for tests, complete maternal and child health care, immunization, family planning services, free pharmacy services, an awareness program in schools and regular training.
People often die in villages from diarrhoea, pneumonia, and tuberculosis, which can be treated with ordinary medicines and proper health advice. In addition, The Small World has a plan to run free medical and dental camp twice a year by partnering with international donors and doctors in this remote villages. Watch a video about one of these camps HERE.
The Small World USA is also furthering the sustainability and local engagement of this project by supporting student who wish to become nurses, health assistants, dental assistants and doctors. Through our Girls’ Bachelor’s Education Initiative you can help sponsor a student that will gain professional degrees and certificates in the health care field, and give them the ability to return to their home villages in the Solukhumbu and pay it forward to the people of their homes.
PROPOSED ACTION BUILDING PLAN:
• 1 OPD room
• 2 In-patient rooms with 2 beds in each room
• 1 procedure room
• 1 Pharmacy
• 1 Lab
• 1 dental room
• 1 delivery / gynecological examination room
• 1 ANC/PNC and immunization room
• 1 Sterilization room
• 1 waiting area
• 1 store room
• 1 Meeting room plus training hall
• 2 toilets
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR STAFF QUARTERS & VOLUNTEERS
• 3 rooms for local medical staff
• 3-5 rooms for volunteer housing
• OPD 7 days a week
• In-patient care, 24 hours
• Emergency 24 hour services
• Family Planning Services
• Safe motherhood
• Reproductive health
• Dental services
• Maternal & Child health program/ immunization
• School Health program
• Specialized health services once per month
• 1 Medical officer
• 1 Registered Nurse
• 1 Health Assistant
• 1 SBA (skilled birthing attendant)
• 1 laboratory technician
• 1 Dentist (2 days in a week)
• 1 Helper
CATCHMENT/ BENEFICIARY AREA:
Over 32,000 thousand remote Himalayan community people will be benefiting from this project. This health post will serve the following areas:
- Taksindu with population of 6000 people
- Waku with population of 8000 people
- Basa with population of 7000 people
- Kaku with population of 6000 people
- Juving with population of 5000 people
We are supporting The Small World as the lead on this project. They are gaining further support from the local community, the local government and other international charity organizations. We also invite volunteers from Nepal and beyond to support this project. If you are interested in volunteering to assist at the health post, please email Sonam Sherpa at Sonam@thesmallworld.org.
Help contribute towards The Small World USA’s fund for the $40k construction of a safe and sustainable community health center in Phuleli by donating today.