'Death in the family' gives a sad and shocking insight into the weakness of public healthcare in Nepal.
Dunkery Beacon - 520m, isn't exactly Everest, but good training for the start in June of 145 ascents of Strawberry Hill which will be 8848meters - the equivalent height of Everest. For more information here is the link
THE EVEREST VIRTUAL CHALLENGE - HELP SAVE LIVES IN NEPAL
By hiking up any hill near you the equivalent times to reach the summit of Everest you can take part in the challenge to help save lives in Nepal.
Coronavirus is an unprecedented global emergency. Nepal, one of the most vulnerable developing countries, is now facing a catastrophe of immense proportions. The frail infrastructure means that health services will be completely overwhelmed and it is vital to support measures to help prevent the spread.
In the last 6 years The NestlingTrust (TNT) with partner NGO Sitara, working with the Nepal Ministry of Health has established five Health Posts in the mountainous region of Dolakha Nepal, where previously no health facility existed. Each health post serves a population of approximately 6000. Now it is vital to ensure these health post have the necessary medical supplies and equipment to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19.
TNT has already provided infrared thermometers and protective equipment so nurses are able to check returning migrant workers and villagers for signs and symptoms of the deadly virus. Much more is needed to equip isolation areas, and supply food to those who have lost jobs and now face hunger.
Hike or run the Height of Everest 8848 metres, or Everest base camp 5380 metres, up a hill near you through the month of June, and help the Nestling Trust fund medical equipment and supplies to help our Health Posts in Nepal reduce the spread of Covid-19. Here is the link for more details:
To sponsor a team member here is the link:
The Ministry of Health and Population confirmed 27 new cases of coronavirus infection on Tuesday, taking the nationwide tally to 402. The country remains in lockdown and people are urged to practice effective handwashing and self distancing.
Recent severe hailstorms damaged crops being grown at Sarangkot Nestling Home to help feed the children. Now thanks to the resourcefulness of Krishna and his friends from Alliance Nepal, a bamboo polytunnel is being constructed to help protect future crops from storms and monsoon rains. The Nestling Trust thanks Krishna and Alliance Nepal most sincerely for their hard work, especially at a time of such difficulty and concern due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Nepal.
The polytunnel frame is now constructed from bamboo grown locally. Krishna and his friends from Alliance Nepal have worked swiftly to erect this shelter to protect the vegetables, from the hailstorms and monsoon weather which is expected from mid June. It now awaits the polythene covering. Meanwhile the children have been very excited wanting to help plant the vegetables.
Huge thanks to krishna and Alliance Nepal for their hard work ensuring the children will have fresh vegetables in the months ahead.
The children have been excited to watch the construction of the Polytunnel which now just needs the polythene covering. Already they have been helping Nirmala plant vegetables. Now is the time for planting in Nepal to provide food for the cold winter months ahead.
Recent severe hailstorms damaged crops being grown at Sarangkot Nestling Home to help feed the children. Now thanks to the resourcefulness of Krishna and his friends from Alliance Nepal, a bamboo polytunnel is being constructed to help protect future crops from storms and monsoon rains. The Nestling Trust thanks Krishna and Alliance Nepal most sincerely for their hard work, especially at a time of such difficulty and concern due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Nepal
Today there are 191 Covid-19 cases, of these 57 cases were identified today, the largest number since lockdown throughout the country.
We have two types of test i.e PCR and RDT. PCR tests near about 19000 and From RDT 60000. As we heard PCR is real test.
Testing is going on in all provinces. Mostly affected area is the Indian Boarder. Today's test found a nurse affected and a journalist. None in Kathmandu now.
There are about 3 Million Nepalese migrant workers, mostly in Golf Countries. Now, as per the Online news many Nepalese want to get back to Nepal. Among those 3 million 407,000 want to return. 127,000 have expired visaa and need to return urgently. Right now nobody knows how they can come, but public is making pressure to government to bring those migrant workers back to Nepal.
I think due to the lack of Quarantine places to keep the returnee migrants, it is a big problem for government to bring them.
It is the same for Nepalese people from India, who are at the border - they are being held there, they want to come to Nepal. If Indian are on Nepalese Boarder Nepal is feeding them, and Nepalese on Indian Boarder, India is feeding them. After the completion of 14 days they do entered to the specific Country.
Actually, due to the open Boarder, no record how many Nepalese are in India but it is assumed more then 2 million. Due to the situation, everywhere there is no employment, people have lost jobs and it is a big problem.
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 is seeking to help equip the isolation areas in Marbu and Melung, which are woefully lacking in even basic essential equipment. (See photos below) Should anyone wish to contribute through the 'Justgiving' button on this website, we would be most grateful.
Marbu nurses check people returning to their village from kathmandu
'Homeschooling' for the children as Nepal is 'Locked down' until 18th May '20 to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus!
The Nestling Trust remembers with sadness the many thousands who lost their lives during the Nepal Earthquake 2015, exactly five years ago today.
As dawn broke today, Sitara General Secretary Chuda and TNT director Subash Shiwakoti travelled under special licence from Kathmandu to the mountainous region of Dolakha. Despite the 'lockdown' all over Nepal, permission had been grated for them to take much needed supplies of PPE and medical equipment to the Melung Health Post and to two District Public Health Centres. Each Health Post established by TNT as well as the two district public health centres now have equipment to help reduce the spread of the Corinavirus. All the supplies and delivery costs have been funded by the TNT who have also provided soap to be distributed to the villagers.
Finally after weeks trying to locate essential medical items such as masks, gloves, aprons and thermal gun thermometers etc Sitara, our partner NGO organised delivery to four of our five Health Posts today with a further delivery planned on Thursday to Lapilang Health Post and the District Health Office medical staff.
In these exceptional times with the Covid-19 virus spreading so rapidly around the world, it is hard to find such equipment, even in developed countries, so we can understand the difficulties Sitara has faced in gathering these items and also for arranging the transportation despite the 'lockdown' in Nepal. In particular finding infrared thermal gun thermometers, vital in trying to identifying those likely to be suffering from the virus has proved to be almost impossible with stocks in the country having been bought up by a syndicate for sale on the black market. Police arrested the perpetrators and confiscated the thermometers. After days of contacting different suppliers and hours of negotiations Sitara has finally secured ten.The Nestling Trust thanks SItara most sincerely for their commitment and determination.
Thank you also to our loyal supporters - without you this would not be possible.
TNT has funded essential items for helping reduce the spread of the Corinavirus Covid-19 in Nepal. Sitara our partner NGO arranged delivery to four Health Posts and a remote District Health Centre today, and a further delivery to the 5th Health Post in Lapilang and another District Health Centre is planned for Thursday. Prior to this delivery all the medical facilities were desperately short of masks, aprons, gloves and had no infrared thermometers. At the time of such worldwide shortages it is amazing that Sitara has been able to locate these items and we thank them most sincerely for their hard work and perseverance. Thank you also to all our loyal supporters - it is because of you this has been possible.
A severe thunderstorm hit the Pokhara area of Nepal yesterday. Hailstones and ice balls the size of golf balls damaged one of the solar panels on the Sarangkot Nestling Home. Many vegetables planted to provide food for the Children's Home, were also destroyed.
It is thought that the solar panel can be repaired after the 'lockdown' ends.
1. Health Posts In Marbu, Lapilang, Bhirkot, Chilankha And Melung
Migrant workers from China and India who have lost their jobs through the Covid-19 virus are returning to their villages. This is also true of thousands of workers in Kathmandu who have lost their jobs because of the 'lockdown' in Nepal now entering the 26th day. The likelihood of the virus spreading to the many remote villages is therefore extremely high.
The Nestling Trust(TNT) has through Sitara, our partner NGO, located masks, gloves, aprons, disinfectant, thermo thermometers and sanitizer, for the nurses and staff in the five Health Posts we have established, and also for the District Public Health Centre in Dolakha. We are currently seeking a special license (due to the lockdown) from the government, to allow transportation of the supplies to the remote villages of Marbu, Bhirkot, Lapilang, Chilankha, and Melung.
The Health Posts are currently providing Health education for villagers regarding measures to prevent the spread of the virus such as handwashing and self-distancing. We are supplying soap for families too poor to afford it.
The Health Posts of Marbu and Melung have taken over the local school building in each village, and are making isolation wards but there is desperate lack of equipment in the face of the approaching disaster.
We know that no patient in these areas will have access to ventilators or anything like the facilities they might find in a city hospital. TNT is trying to raise funds to help in providing some equipment for these isolation wards, at present there is not even any oxygen. The photos below show the preparation of the isolation ward in the local school in Melung, it also shows the desperate need of equipment!
2. Preeti Project
The Nestling Trust and Sitara our partner NGO have been working with the Local government at Preeti, a very mountainous and remote area of Ramechap region. Here 30,000 people are without medical facility and we plan to help build and establish a Health and Birthing Centre. Sadly due to the Corinavirus and the lockdown in Nepal, the plan has had to be delayed. This is very frustrating however, money raised by TNT to commence this project has been 'ringfenced' until we have permission from the Social Welfare Council to go ahead.
3. The Nestling Children's Home, Sarangkot
Report from Bijendra Aryal, Nestling Trust Director, Kathmandu
The number of Covid-19 infected people has now reached forty seven. As the number increases people are panicking - they fear that the government will increase the 'lockdown' and this will result in people dying of hunger rather than by COVID 19. The reason is that they have lost their jobs and livelihoods and so have no money to buy food. People are returning to their villages without caring about the possible effect of spreading the coronavirus, people are going on trucks and busses. There is a lack in coordination and effective management. It is affecting everyone but especially the underprivileged - children and families are suffering.
Only the big supermarkets are allowed to open so people think that government is discriminating against the small shopkeepers who have been forced to close.
There is a lack of awareness of social distancing. Hundreds of people gather in public places to get food and that has increased the chances of spreading of virus. We don’t know how many people are infected, one family who has been sewing and distributing masks was found infected with corona today.
In the villages there is a greater lack of awareness, due to gatherings and partying ,whole villages could be infected.
When 'lockdown' is over and people start to come back to Kathmandu from the villages then the situation in Kathmandu will be made worse. Hospitals will struggle, already it has been announced that there is scarcity of blood in blood banks.
Thousands leave Kathmandu for their villages. Due to 'lockdown' no jobs and no money.
No social distancing as many crowd into lorries!
For many walking is the only option - journeys can take 7 to 10 days
Exhausted Families Rest Enroute To Their Villages
Impact of Coronavirus Covid -19 in Nepal.
Coronavirus Covid-19 arrives into Nepal.
A student doing his PhD in Wuhan, China, returned to Nepal on 5th January 2020. He was admitted to hospital complaining of respiratory problems on 13th January 2020. Throat swabs and blood samples taken from the student were sent to the WHO’s Collaborating Centre in Hong Kong. After treatment and medication the student's condition improved and he was discharged after five days, but crucially before a report showing positive results was sent back to the hospital. Efforts were made to trace the student's family but there was no indication as to where the man had gone or what his activities had been after discharge.
24th March 2020 Nepal Government announces a total lockdown which is being enforced by security forces.
17th April 2020 in a single day an increase of 14 active cases bringing the total to 30.
The Government is increasing the testing through Rapid Diagnostic Test and PCR Machine. So far nearly 25000 people have been tested and 30 confirmed positive.
Today is the 25th day of the Lockdown of Nepal, now the social effects can be seen. Jobs and livelihoods are lost especially those earning daily labour wages such as those in city areas and those involved in construction suddenly there is no money coming in and so have no means to buy food.
People are going to their villages by foot carrying the children and all their belongings. They have to walk 50 Km to 800 Km to reach their destinations. On the way, they have no place to eat and only streets and fields to sleep. It is difficult to cross from one district to another. Sometimes they are prevented by local people fearful of any virus they may have and sometimes stopped and turned back by police, but they have nowhere else to go. Now it is the matter of hunger and a humanitarian disaster. Already many people in Kathmandu are hungry due to 'Lockdown' and being unable to work. These Government measures have now been extended until 30th April '20, and enforcement is very strict.
The Nestling Trust is providing PPE for the 5 Health Posts in Marbu, Lapilang. Bhirkot, Chilankha and Melung plus the District Health Office in Dolakha.
Sitara our partner NGO has managed to locate much needed personal protective equipment for the nurses and staff at all five health posts which TNT and Sitara has helped build and establish. It is imperative that TNT supports the clinics as well as the District Health Office in Dolakha, in their quest to prevent or slow, the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Nepal. TNT today transferred NR's 666000 (£4500) for the purchase of masks, gloves. aprons, thermogun thermometers, disinfectant, buckets, sanitiser and also soap for the villagers. We are most grateful to Sitara for their huge efforts in finding these essential items and to our loyal supporters who make it possible for us to provide this urgently needed assistance.
The Nestling Trust is providing PPE for the 5 Health Posts in Marbu, Lapilang. Bhirkot, Chilankha and Melung plus the District Health Office
Sitara our partner NGO has managed to locate much needed personal protective equipment for the nurses and staff at all five health posts which TNT and Sitara has helped build and establish. It is imperative that TNT supports the clinics as well as the District Health Office (DHO) in Dolakha, in their quest to prevent or slow, the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Nepal. TNT today transferred NR's 666000 (£4,500) for the purchase of masks, gloves. aprons, thermogun thermometers, disinfectant, buckets, sanitiser for the Health Posts and DHO, and also soap for the villagers.
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