Due to massive landslides in the area of Tsum Valley, which unfortunately also cost the lives of a few people, we had to cancel the planned health camps, because of security reasons. As we don`t want your donations and your effort to be wasted we looked for an alternative intensely.

After some brainstorming we came up with the region of Dolpa. Dolpa is one of the most remote areas in Nepal and is not reachable by car but only by airplane. Especially because of beeing so dependant on airplanes it is hard for many organisations to support the people in Dolpa and help is therefore needed urgently. Furthermore Chay Ya is planning projects in this area in the near future and a healthcamp there would also help us to get to know the people, the local needs and we are able to build contacts for coordinating future operations.

[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”27″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”240″ thumbnail_height=”160″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”6″ number_of_columns=”3″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″ slideshow_link_text=”[Zeige eine Slideshow]” template=”/home/macisback/public_html/chay_ya/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/ngglegacy/view/gallery-caption.php” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]3 Healthcamps were planned on the way from Jhumpah to Phoksundo. On the first health camp we were visited by suprisingly few patients. After some research we found out that there was another health camp one year ago, where the people were seen by doctors but had to buy the medication by themselves. The local people therefore believed that we would also charge for the medication which they couldnĀ“t afford. However after the news spread that we also offer them the medication they needed we got nearly overrun by patients. We ended up doing seven instead of 3 health camps and because of the scarce personnel situation and the drugs running out we had to get more drugs and are now even more convinced about the absolute necessity of a basic health care in the area of Dolpa.

Although there exist some health posts in the area of lower Dolpa, there is either none or only extremly poor educated staff in charge of these posts.

Next to a lot of chronic diseases like joint problems, gastritis and high blood pressure which are widely spread in many regions of Nepal we also treated a lot of acute diseases. One of the biggest problems reported by our doctors was really basic knowledge about basic wound management, malnourishment, dehydration and chronic irritation from smoke. Many patients therefore suffered from chronic respiratory diseases, widespread and inflammated wounds and nausea as well as low blood pressure due to partly severe dehydration. Furthermore we discovered that STDs are widely spread in this area and some patients were urgently recommended to visit the next hospital because of suspected tubeculosis.

[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”28″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”240″ thumbnail_height=”160″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”6″ number_of_columns=”3″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″ slideshow_link_text=”[Zeige eine Slideshow]” template=”/home/macisback/public_html/chay_ya/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/ngglegacy/view/gallery-caption.php” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]Especially a case of a 6 year old boy was extremely tragic. The child had a severe wound infection at his hand after a very small trauma with a stick and had to be transported to the next hospital immediately. Although they had to amputate one of his fingers,  they could at least save the rest of his right hand and most important his life.

Another severly malnourished kid who only weighted 5kg with an age of 14 months had to be admitted to the hospital immediatly.

After our experiences on this trip we have to say that the health camps in this region were very much needed and that the plan for the future has to be to get educated staff up to the already existing health posts to ensure a working basic health support. This could increase the quality of life and life expectancy drastically in the population of Dolpa. Furthermore education about basic wound management, STDs and adequate fluid intake would have a lasting impact on the positive development of the district of Dolpa.

Health Camps Dolpa 2016

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