Health Camp Was A Success!

Wow. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about how incredibly successful the 10/18 health camp in Leknath went.

We had 530 attendees! Holy cow!
That included over 120 children!
Each and every single one of the 530 people were given a free health check up, any referrals should they need follow up work, and completely free medicine, should they be prescribed it. All in all, we had a total of 5 doctors and 10 assistants. 3 physicians, 1 pediatrician and 1 gynecologist.
A lot of the problems that were seen at the camp were gastrointestinal issues and arthritis in the hands, medicine was prescribed as necessary.
A lot of happy faces were noticed as these were men, women and children who simply did not have the financial means to be able to see a doctor, instead we brought the doctors and medicine to them.
I can’t be more proud of the work that was done today, and the incredible fundraising that took place back in the States by the board of Nana’s House.
100% of this health camp was funded by the incredible donations given to our organization.
What a fantastic trip this time around has been.
Joshua Bingham

Health Camp

State of Healthcare in Nepal

As many of you may know, Nana’s House in conjunction with our partner organization are holding a health camp in Leknath,Nepal on October 18th. Every single person who attends our camp will receive a free check up and any medicine as needed. Also provided with be a gynecologist and a pediatrician for women and children. Leknath is a very rural village, almost 1 hour away from any hospital or medical center and is a very hard place to reach as the last twenty drive is a dirt road only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles.

I would like to share with you a piece written by Nana’s House president, Judy Schumann, on the current state of healthcare in Nepal and why Health Camps are vital in maintaining a healthy population in these rural villages.


Judy Schumann, President Nana’s House Board of Directors

As I sit here awaiting the outcome of my sister’s surgery, I expect only good news. After all, she is being operated on by three of the best surgeons available in their respective fields of expertise and in a state-of-the art medical center. Reflecting back on my observations of healthcare while visiting in Nepal I am acutely aware of how this differs from my experiences there. Lack of basic health knowledge and available healthcare as well as many superstitions surrounding health contribute to the crisis which exists in that country. Nana’s House and our partner organization, Hope Nepal, are holding a health clinic on October 18th in Lehknath, a rural mountain village, to improve health conditions there.

The United Nations ranks Nepal 139th in the world for human development, well behind India and Bangladesh. Over half the population lives in abject poverty and this is mostly concentrated in the remote mountain villages. In these villages, government health post are unstaffed and under supplied for years at a time. Nutrition is poor and vaccination rates are low or non-existent. The U.N. states that the 1999 ‘Local Self Governance Act” put into place to improve health, drinking water and rural infrastructure has resulted in no notable improvement. The Nepal government spends an average of $2.30 (U.S.) per capita on healthcare. A new budget increases this amount but has not yet taken effect. A report from the U.S. Library of Congress Research Division attributes 30% of the total amount spent on healthcare for Nepali citizens in the country comes from foreign donors.

According to the World Health Organization only one-third of births are attended by a skilled professional (physician, nurse or trained midwife). A United Nations report from November 14, 2012 puts the maternal death rate at 1 in 80 births nationwide and far higher in the poverty stricken villages. Skilled professionals (all inclusive-not just physicians) are less than one per 10,000 people.

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) statistics for children under five years of age in Nepal state that up to seventy-five percent (75%) are malnourished due to lack of dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables and protein in their diets. Fifty-two percent (52%) are categorized as stunted and one in ten (10%) are considered wasted (near starvation and death). Less than seven percent (7%) of children with suspected pneumonia ever receive treatment.

Even where excellent healthcare is available, shortcuts are taken due to lack of funding. Krishna Timilsina, the director of our partner organization, Hope Nepal, shared information from Fred Aakerlund after he visited the Western Regional Hospital of Nepal. This is a large, modern teaching hospital which also has an affiliated medical school. While in the NCU (Neonatal Care Unit) Fred observed plastic gloves being washed and reused due to the lack availability. This is not acceptable under any circumstances, but even more dangerous in the NCU where these fragile babies are more susceptible to infections which can lead to death.

I personally experienced hesitation by those caring for children in allowing them to play outside because of the belief that getting hot and sweaty while playing soccer or cricket would cause them to become ill. Superstitions meant the children were no longer allowed to play in a field across from the orphanage where they lived because a child had died there and the evil spirits that remained could make them sick or worse. It was preferable to keep the windows and curtains closed to keep ghosts and evil out instead of allowing clean fresh air to flow through the house. There seemed to be no connection between the children’s toothbrushes all being stored in the same cup or a common pitcher of water being passed around and shared by many at a school function and the resulting illnesses.

I saw my empty water bottle refilled from a faucet and placed on the table in a restaurant to be used for communal drinking. While suffering from a bad respiratory infection I visited a pharmacy (basically located in a roadside shack). The employee there asked me what I wanted. Literally, what I wanted. Fortunately I knew which antibiotic to request and the correct dosage to take. One of the younger volunteers had been given Valium for her infection the day before. We quickly corrected that for her!

I have received word from my sister’s husband that the surgery went better than expected and she will soon be well and healthy again. How grateful I am that she has this kind of care and how determined I am to do what I can through Nana’s House to bring better healthcare and an improved quality of life to those who don’t. Please do whatever you can to help Nana’s House ease this crisis situation for those we can.

Thank you.

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Dental Camp

Happy Kids and Fixed Teeth!

What an amazing and successful day!

Today, with the help of our partner organization Hope Nepal and Badri Pandit, we were able to transport 16 children and 3 teachers from Leknath village in Nepal to Pioneer Dental Centre in Pokhara to have further dental work completed. These were children who had previously attended our 9/18 Dental Camp and we were informed they would need further work completed.

For the 5 hours that it took for all 16 children to be attended to:
57 fillings were done
10 teeth were extracted

The apprehension in the room was certainly thick as none of these children ranging in age from 5 to 13, had ever visited the dentist. One small child was shaking in his chair as he waited. When asked, he told us that his friends had told him that they make an injection in your neck prior to having dental work done. Imagine his physical change after he was assured that in fact this would not be happening.

Children who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to have to this dental work done due to the rural and very poor conditions that they and their families find themselves in.
Nana’s House would like to thank everyone who donated to our Go Fund Me project and made this possible. This would not have been possible if not for your support.

One week till our Health Camp.

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Board Meeting

Happy Dashain!

Happy Dashain from Nepal!

Josh here with an update from Nepal. Today I got to spend the day celebrating Dashain with my friend Badri and his family. For those who don’t know, Dashain is the longest and most popular festival in the Hindu religion. Families spend 15 days in celebration of the triumph of good over evil. On the last day, the day I got to be a part of, is spent dining on feasts of meat and rice, and going from house to house of loved ones and friends exchanging “tikas” and gifts of money. What a fantastic day this was and am so lucky to have shared it with Badri and his family.

Hope Nepal and Nana’s House have set a tentative date of Oct 18th for our Health Camp in Leknath Municipality, located just outside of Pokhara proper. It is a perfect community to do this in as it is very rural and many people are in need of medical services they are not able to attain due to poverty. We expect to have a pediatrician, a cardiologist and a gynecologist on site and providing services as needed.
Until then, we are still in attempts to raise our $1,000 goal for providing follow up dental care to 21 children from Leknath Municipality who are in need of dental work.

Learn more by visiting our Go Fund Me page

Dental Camp

Help Needed!

It was pretty devastating seeing the dental health of several of the children who attended our Dental Clinic on September 18th in Leknath, Nepal. Out of the 70 children that attended, we were told that 21 of them would need extensive work done such as a root canal or a tooth pulled and could not be carried out at the camp.

The children and their families come from a very rural background which means very little money and no means of transportation to make the 2 hour round trip journey into Pokhara city to see a dentist. A lot of minor problems and simple fixes turn into very serious ones because of these realities. My time in Nepal is very limited, my organization and I are only here for the next 4 weeks and are hoping to help these 21 children before our time is up.

We are hoping to raise 1,000 USD which would allow us to get these children proper dental care. Our deadline to make our goal is 2 weeks from today.

To date, we have raised $350, enough to sponsor 7 of the 21 children

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Dental Camp

On a Roll!

What terrific support we have received for our Go Fund Me project of supporting 21 Nepali children and getting them the dental care they desperately need.

From Our Go Fund Me Page:

Hello, My name is Joshua Bingham, formerly a IVHQ Nepal alumni of 5 months back in 2012 where I was placed in Pokhara,Nepal at The Nestling Home. In those 5 months I grew very attached to the children, the country, the culture, and people. Since volunteering, I have been 3 more times and even have started my own non profit to support underprivileged children here in Nepal, and partnering with a local organization here to help with the carrying out of projects. Recently my organization, Nana’s House, held a dental clinic in Leknath,Nepal. Leknath is a very rural village an hour’s drive from Pokhara up in the hills. 114 children and families of Shree Chandra Jyoti Secondary School showed up to receive free dental care and education on proper dental hygiene. 70% of the participants needed at least a filling or a tooth pulled. Most said that the reason they never got a check up despite severe pain was due to lack of money and inability to pay the $20(USD) round trip cost to the city and back, as Leknath doesn’t have any dental facilities. Of the 70 children that attended, 21 children will need a root canal or teeth removal requiring anesthesia as the tooth has grown behind another on. This was a service we could not provide due to money restraints. During this trip, I have one more month left before I go back to the States and am unsure when I will be able to return. I would love to help these 21 children before my departure date of October 25th 2014.

We have found a bus that will transport these 21 children (mothers included for emotional support for the young children) for $250 round trip. The dentist’s that we originally went with for the dental camp are giving us a discount of 30% of the price of what it would cost for these children needing extra work done. They estimate it will be $30 a child.

We are looking to raise $1,000 to carry this out

So far we have raised $350 out of the $1,000 needed to carry this out.

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