Health Exchange Nepal has worked in Nepal with our healthcare partners for eight years on a number of successful clinical projects.
Health Exchange Nepal is delighted to approve a fund to support the operation and management of Parents Care Home in Kathmandu.
The Parents Care Home is a non-governmental organisation that has provided a home for 10-15 vulnerable elderly and disabled people for the last five years.
The fund of £2500.00 will be used for day to day operation of the care home including the provision of food, clothes, health care and other general activities.
To find out more about Parents Care Home, visit the Facebook page.
Funding Tin Shelters in Siddhipur
In collaboration with our friends at Diabetes Nepal, we allocated funding towards helping re-build the village of Siddhipur, a community in the Kathmandu Valley devastated by the 2015 earthquakes.
In November 2015, the villagers welcomed us into their new tin shelter homes, funded by your donations. It is hoped that these families can stay in the shelters for a few years until their permanent dwellings are constructed. HExN is also supporting Doctors for Habitat to develop 100 shelters in the Gorkha district.
Health Camps and Television Provision at Kanti Children's Hospital
- HExN conducted health camps on hospital grounds in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
- The charity funded the development of a closed loop television system at the hospital, and plan to fit television sets in all wards.
- 18 television sets have been fitted so far and we need further funds to fit a further 22 sets.
- This television system will enable children and visitors to enjoy their time as inpatients, and also promote healthy living by showing educational DVDs.
- We have also helped conduct ‘Child Abuse’ training that will take place in April 2016.
Deusa Village Health Post
- HExN has been providing regular medical support to a remote health post in Deusa Village in north-eastern Nepal since 2008.
- Working with Rural Assistance Nepal (RAN), our charity assisted with placing some medical students and other medical volunteers who wanted to volunteer at rural hospitals, rather than in Kathmandu. If you wish to volunteer in Nepal, please contact RAN directly.
- We also provided financial support (via RAN) to Tamekoshi Cooperative Hospital which is mainly used to help cover the cost of running free healthcamps around Ramechapp.
Laparoscopic Skills Course at Dhulikhel Hospital
- In December 2015, HExN held its 3rd laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) skills course at Dhulikhel Hospital near Kathmandu.
- The three day course included a day of interactive lectures and case discussions before two days of simulator exercises and experience in the operating theatre.
- Over the last two years, four laparoscopic surgery simulators have been donated by HExN and by i-Surgicals Ltd, their manufacturer.
- This course provides consultants and trainee surgeons from all over Nepal with the opportunity to practise and develop laparoscopic skills on these simulators under guidance, before moving into the operating theatre. The development of advances such as laparoscopic or keyhole surgery in Nepal is extremely important as it enable patients to get back to normal activities quicker than after traditional open surgery.
- This course is now an annual event in our calendar and we are extremely grateful to the Dhulikhel team for their great hospitality.
Other Training Programmes at Dhulikhel Hospital
Health Exchange Nepal has coordinated and developed many training courses at the hospital, including:
- The respiratory update course in 2015 in partnership with Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. A second course will run in April 2016.
- The neonatal life support training. HExN trained a Dhulikhel physician, and we will return in March 2016 to conduct further training.
- Numerous nursing conferences.
- Cardiac thoracic unit development. With help from Leicester Hospital, HExN delivered six ventilators and one anaesthetic machine to the hospital.
Health Exchange Programme
Health Exchange Nepal is very active in the exchange of personnel, equipment and medical practice between the UK and Nepal, and has supported numerous projects:
- Supporting Nepalese health care professionals to train in the UK to improve the use of Renal Transplant techniques at Bir Hospital in south-west Kathmandu.
- In 2010, Lancashire Teaching Hospital in the UK donated Centralized Cardiac Monitoring and ITU equipment to Patan Hospital south of Katjmandu. The estimated cost of equipment was £75,000 and Health Exchange Nepal funded the transport to Nepal.
- Funding travel and accommodation for a Nepalese radiologist to improve Intervention Radiology techniques via a placement at the Radiology Department at Lancashire Teaching Hospital, UK, in April 2010.
- Supporting UK trained doctors to volunteer in Nepal, arranging their registration with Nepal Medical Council, and organising placements within the hospital.
- Funding the training equipment for the airway access workshop at the Society of Anaesthesiologist of Nepal (SAN) annual meeting. SAN has also distributed anaesthetic equipment donated by UK hospitals and collected by our members.
- Coordinating the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training programme in November 2011; organised by The Nepalese Doctors’ Association UK.
Diabetes Nepal Partnership
Diabetes Nepal is a registered charity in Nepal which is working to improve the lives of Nepalese people with diabetes. HExN General Secretary Professor Satyan Rajbhandari has worked with Diabetes Nepal on a number of projects:
- Our General Secretary Professor Rajbhandari has co-oordinated six annual professional diabetes conferences in Nepal, facilitating the UK faculty travel to Nepal. He is also responsible for designing the Diabetes Nepal programme.
- During the earthquake, we worked with Diabetes Nepal to distribute relief material to nearby villages. We provided food, drinking water and tents to villagers for immediate relief. Later on we built semi-permanent structures in the villages of Luvu and Siddhipur to protect them from rain and water.
- We have offered sponsored fellowship to a number of doctors from Tribhuvan University (TU) Teaching Hospital to train in diabetes in the UK.
- Dr. Martin Myers from Lancashire Teaching Hospital collaborated with laboratories in TU Teaching Hospital, Bir Hospital and Nepal Diabetes Society clinic to standardise HbA1c.
- We helped Diabetes Nepal produce a four-part diabetes telefilm to increase awareness of diabetes in Nepal. The film, now subtitled in English, stars famous Nepali actors Madan Krishna and Hari Bansha, and has been transmitted by most TV channels in Nepal.
Supporting The Nepal Ambulance Service
Health Exchange Nepal was proud to donate £500.00 to help launch the Nepal Ambulance Service in 2010. We assisted in the training of the ambulance crew and helped raise funds towards seven ambulances.
We also teamed up with the Society of Anaesthesiologists of Nepal to develop the standard resuscitation programme for Nepal.
If you’d like to become a patron member, visit the Nepal Ambulance Service website.
Sight For Children
HExN supports Dailekh Community Eye Care Centre with their school health programme.
Our funding was used to screen 2000 school children (between 6 and 15 years old) for refractive error and to provide appropriate glasses. The programme has supported 15 - 30% of school children who are suffering from refractive errors in their childhood and provided them an opportunity to learn.