Construction of the new Health and Birthing Centre in Baiteshwor Municipality, Nepal has begun, in collaboration with the local Government agreement has been reached between The Nestling Trust (TNT) and HDS - Nepal, our partner NGO, and the municipality Chairperson, and work started last week. When complete, this building will provide local health and birth facilities for up to 15,000 people. It comes at a time of desperate need.
The Lancet reported last October, that since the start of the pandemic the neonatal death rate in Nepal, had tripled with 40 deaths in every 1000 live births. Due to the lack of such facilities in rural Nepal, pregnant women have to trek many hours or days across mountainous terrain to reach medical care. The Nestling Trust is most grateful to Subash and Bijendra TNT directors, and HDS-Nepal, for their hard work in successfully completing negotiations. www.nestlingtrust.co.uk
The Coronavirus crisis has had huge implications for Nepal.The Nepal government has responded to the needs of those living in many remote areas without access to Primary Care Units or Hospitals and has diverted funds into increasing Health care at this critical time.
We understand that a hospital is now being constructed in the Umakunda region of Nepal which will serve those living in Preeti. Sitara, the NGO with whom we work has reported that the local government for Preeti is now reluctant to go ahead with constructing the Health and Birthing Centre at Preeti which had been planned. The Local Government had undertaken to fund a percentage of the Centre and ensure it's sustainability by providing funds for staffing. After careful consideration of the situation and following advice from Sitara and our Nepali directors, The Nestling Trust has decided to withdraw from the Preeti proposal and seek to establish a birthing centre in an area of need which does not have access to any such facility. This could possibly be at one of the Health Clinics already established by the Nestling Trust in Marbu, Bhirkot, Lapilang, Chilankha or Melung. Sitara and TNT directors in Nepal are currently in discussion with the local governments for these areas to determine which site would be of most benefit for the Dolakha area.
TNT Gives Infrared Thermometers To Identify Those With Covid Symptoms
Health Post nurses check people returning to their village from Kathmandu, India and The Gulf States
As Covid-19 cases increase, the situation is becoming critical forcing the Government to extend Lockdown until 18th May. Already Narayani Hospital, one of the main hospitals receiving Covid -19 patients is struggling to cope. The hospital has just one ventilator!
In developing countries, like Nepal, where so many rural areas are without any healthcare facilities the spread of the Coronavirus will be disastrous.
The Nestling Trust with our partner NGO Sitara, is supporting the Health posts and two District Health centres in the five remote village areas in which we work in Dolakha. The nurses now have the equipment to identify those suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, so they may be isolated from others in the villages for an appropriate time. This is vital work especially now, after 44 days of 'Lockdown', thousands who have lost their jobs and livelihoods, are returning to their villages. The Nestling Trust is seeking to help further equip the isolation areas in Marbu and Melung.
TNT and Sitara our partner NGO, have been working to help reduce the spread of the virus in Nepal by equipping 5 remote village Health Posts at Marbu, Bhirkot, Lapilang, Chilankha and Melung (all established by TNT) and 2 District Health Centres in Dolakha with desperately needed Infrared thermometers, masks, gloves, aprons, disinfectant, sanitizer, buckets, and soap.
The Health Posts are providing Health education as well as health care for villagers raising awareness of the importance of effective handwashing and social distancing and supplying soap for disadvantaged families.
Nepali migrant workers from China and India who have lost their jobs through the Covid-19 virus, are returning to their villages in remote areas of Nepal. This is also true of thousands of workers in Kathmandu who have lost their jobs because of the 'lockdown' in Nepal. Crowded buses and people packed into the back of trucks as well as groups walking and sleeping rough, huddled together for warmth, make the likelihood of the virus spreading, a huge emergency.
Marbu Health Post and also Melung are converting two local school buildings into isolation areas where suspected cases of Covid-19 patients can be quarantined. The Nestling Trust is trying to raise further funds to provide more much-needed equipment for these isolation ward areas. We would welcome any other Charity doing similar work to get in touch to discuss how we may be able to assist one another.
Bracelets to Bricks
Bracelets woven by the women of Nepal will help raise funds to build and establish a Health and Birthing Centre in Preeti a remote mountainous area of Nepal, snow and landslides block access roads for up to 8 months a year!
Thousands of villagers have no Health and Birthing Facility.
The Nestling Trust needs your help!
Invite friends for a Cuppa Tea for Preeti - TNT will provide Friendship Bracelets and Leaflets!
Donations for Bracelets will be turned into Bricks!
Together we can do this and help reduce the neonatal death rate in the Umakunda region of Nepal.
For the first time poor and disadvantaged families will have access to local safe and hygienic birthing facilities, ante and post-natal care, and general health care - including immunisation, wound care, management and treatment of chronic and acute illnesses, contraception and Health Education.
Local nursing auxiliaries will be trained to work in the community and schools.
The new facilities will be built in partnership with local non-governmental organisations and in line with Nepalese Ministry of Health requirements.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Nestling Trust Preeti project, through the BigGive Matchfunding Christmas Challenge where we were able to raise a fantastic £20,095!
We are delighted to say that through your generosity work can begin in January 2020 to build and establish a Health and Birthing Centre at Preeti, a remote area in Nepal where currently 30,000 people have no medical facility. Imagine having to trek for miles across difficult mountainous terrain to find the nearest health post, sometimes arriving too late to help very sick patients.
We are enormously grateful for everyone's support, which has come from as far away as NZ, USA and Canada as well as many places in the UK and of course from our local supporters in Wiltshire. Thank you for all your loyal support, for believing in us and encouraging us in our work in Nepal. It is through you that we are able to make changes to improve the health and the lives of the most needy, disadvantaged and marginalised people - thank you.
Patients happily visit Melung Clinic for the first time this week! The clinic was inaugurated on 14th October '19. Staff have worked incredibly hard to make the clinic operational. It is such a very short time since construction was completed, so we thank them most sincerely. It is great to know that 93 patients have already benefitted from having a medical Facility now in Melung.
Melung Clinic Inauguration 14th October '19
They came from homes across the mountain, happy groups, families young and old. At least three hundred people crammed the area of land around the new Melung Clinic, and when there was no more room people climbed to higher ground, behind the building, overlooking the ceremony.
Prayer flags fluttered in the wind and the sun even emerged, from late monsoon clouds, and bathed the newly painted pink walls with sunlight.
Happiness shone in all the faces, many had believed they would never see a medical facility in Melung. For so many years they had trudged the mountain tracks with sick and injured either in wicker baskets on their backs, or carrying stretchers. The nearest little town - a days trek away.
The Nestling Trust would like to thank SITARA, our partner NGO for the the great work they have done in liaising with the Local Development Committee in Melung, together and in coordination with the Nepal ministry of Health, we have succeeded in building and equipping a Health Clinic for the 5000 people who live in this remote area. We would also like to thank Bijendra and Subash, TNT directors in Nepal who work tirelessly to help improve the lives of the needy and marginalised people of Nepal.
Sue Hamblin TNT Chairperson, was delighted to meet the many school children who came to sing and dance at the joyful event, and also Hon. Parbat Gurung, MP for the Dolakha region, who inaugurated Melung Health Clinic and who bestowed a letter of honour, for TNT for the work they have done in the area.
Finally TNT would like to express their grateful thanks to all supporters who donated through the BigGive matchfunding event last Christmas. This is your achievement, without you there would not be a Health Clinic at Melung - thank you so much!
In a place where it's a struggle to survive TNT and SITARA are working with the government to provide a Health and Birthing Centre.
Snow and ice during winter months and landslides at the time of monsoons make access tracks/roads impassable for up to eight months a year in Preeti. Life is hard - even in the better months villagers have to trek for miles to reach a health post.
In March 2019 Subash and Bijen, TNT directors in Nepal, set off with two members of SITARA NGO to discover the extent of the problem. They found that 30,000 people live in this area and heard how lives are at risk everyday because of lack of medical facility.
In July 2019 TNT and SITARA returned to Preeti with an engineer to make a thorough assessment of land villagers have provided. Here TNT will provide 50% of funds needed to build a Health and Birthing Centre. It will be built according to the Governments earthquake plans and regulations and in collaboration with the local government officers.
This will be a huge undertaking for TNT, but the need is also huge and we are taking up the challenge!
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Work was delayed for a couple of months due to extreme monsoon weather causing flooding and landslides. In this area roads and tracks can be blocked for several days making it impossible to transport materials.
An engineer from Kathmandu, assesses land and costs for building a Health and Birthing Centre at Preeti.
The government recognising the need for health facilities in the remote areas, have agreed to give a percentage of the building costs.
This is a National health initiative and the government has produced comprehensive plans for the construction which include a laboratory, a birthing centre and a flat above to accommodate trained staff who will be required to relocate from Kathmandu.
TNT engaged in lengthy discussions with villagers, as well as community development officials, listening to their plans for the future, when they hope they might have medical facilities to reduce the hardship, suffering and needless loss of life, they currently experience.
areRequests for help from the Development Committee at Preeti, led to TNT and SITARA making the journey to Preeti in the mountainous Ramechap district to see for themselves the extent of the problem. They found an area where 30,000 people live, where all access tracks and roads are blocked by snow or landslides making them impassable for up to 8 months a year, and where there is no medical facility and no Birthing centre. Lengthy talks with villagers and local government officials revealed that the hope is for a Primary Health Centre to be built on land villagers are prepared to donate. The need for medical facilities is without question. Much assessment work and proposals now to be done - watch this space!
A team made from TNT and Sitara made the challenging journey from Kathmandu to Melung in November 2018. The area, population approximately 5000 - 6000 people, was found to be without any health facility. Villagers would have to trek many miles across harsh, rugged terrain carrying the sick, in order to reach medical help this, inevitably, would sometimes be too late to prevent a tragic outcome.
It was agreed that on land donated by a local resident, a Health Clinic would be constructed in coordination with the Ministry of Health. and that as well as medical care it would offer health education within the area.
Four years ago The Nestling Trust, with SITARA our partner NGO, established a clinic at Marbu, a remote village in Dolakha. Villagers no longer have to trek for miles down the mountainside to find medical care, and health education is part of the service provided. TNT continues to work with the Ministry of Health in this remote area of Nepal, giving support to the clinics of Marbu, Bhirkot, Lapilang and Chilankhar.
Villagers of Sarlahi, in the remote Terai area, lost homes and belongings, in the devastating floods of the 2017. Many had been struggling to survive the extreme cold of the winter, with inadequate clothing. Himshikhara NGO, supported by the Nestling Trust distributed warm jackets and blankets.
Materials were also supplied for the community to install hygienic toilet facilities which has now been completed.
The Nestling Trust is grateful to Himshikhara for their commitment in reaching this village, where the terrain and conditions were extremely difficult.
Four health clinics supported by the Nestling Trust, Marbu, Bhirkot, Lapilang and Chilankha were supplied with much needed clinical equipment generously donated by supporters of the Nestling Trust. TNT are most grateful to SITARA Nepal (our partner NGO) for organising the distribution in extremely difficult monsoon conditions and to everyone who has helped in any way to help equip these clinics. Three of the four clinics are now funded by the Ministry of Health.
A six month Health Education Programme was organised in partnership with Himshikhara, NGO, in the villages of the remote Gulmi area. Ramu Pandey a graduate in health education, taught pupils at secondary schools as well as village community groups, subjects which included hygiene, nutrition, sexual health, contraception, drugs and alcohol.
Working with the District Health Office in Cherikot and through our partner NGO, SITARA, clinics were constructed by local people, in the remote villages of Lapilang, Chilankha and Bhirkot, all in the Dolakha region which suffered so much devastation in the earthquakes.
The Clinics are now complete, and all are staffed by the Ministry of Health.
Countless home and livelihoods were destroyed.TNT gave immediate humanitarian aid, including materials to construct simple emergency shelter homes, and funded the piping of running water to four villages whose water sources had dried up.
TNT funded the running of a 5 day dental camp in Marbu village where 500 children received dental checks and where necessary treatment, as well as dental hygiene education.
TNT, working with SITARA (Social Transformation - Nepal), a Nepalese NGO, opened the first Health clinic at Marbu, a village in the mountainous area of Dolakha. It provides basic healthcare including antenatal/postnatal care, immunisation, wound management, chronic and acute illness management, family planning and contraception, palliative care etc. A nurse visits people in their own homes who are unable to attend the clinic.
Health education is given high priority in the clinic, and local women are trained to share information in the community. The nurses liaise with the local Primary and Secondary schools to give health education as part of the curriculum.
This clinic serves a population of approximately 6000 people and was supported by TNT for five years. It is now funded totally by the Ministry of Health and TNT has received a Letter of Honour from the District Health Office in Dolakha, acknowledging the valuable contribution made to improve the health of villagers by TNT