Anjeela, NHEDF’s physio was very much looking forward to a visit from a German physiotherapist, Susanne Friedrich, who was spending a week at NHEDF. She works with two main techniques to treat patients with neurological problems; the Vojta technique to stimulate natural patterns of movement and the Bobath approach to promote motor learning. Her aim is to contribute her knowledge and experience to support and improve patient rehabilitation outcomes. She learned so much…. Thank you Susanne!
Thinking of everyone in Nepal on the 25th…. in our hearts, minds and memories.
Thirteen year old Sandeep who sustained multiple internal injuries in the earthquake is having major surgery tomorrow to try to resect the stricture that is giving him so many problems ranging from incontinence to kidney damage. It is going to be very tricky surgery because of the location of the stricture. We are thinking of you Sandeep and we wish you good luck for the operation and we hope so much it is successful for you! You deserve it and then you can go back to school and we hope you will be like you used to be before the earthquake… take care and thinking of you!
Since her visit to Nepal in February, our founding Trustee Virginia, has been working very hard to find ways of working with the internationally renowned organisation Days for Girls www.daysforgirls.org and sourcing and providing waterproof incontinence products for fistula affected women as well as training some staff from both our project partners to become DfG Ambassadors of Women’s Health.
This idea could also involve supporting the establishment of a DfG Enterprise operating out of NHEDF’s Shelter and also in Dharan which will provide these women with menstrual and incontinence products (most women in Nepal simply use rags which are not waterproof) and deliver community education about menstruation and women’s health issues. Disposable incontinence products cost the equivalent of three days wages for the average Nepali for a packet of ten!
This all looked so easy lfrom the website but like so many things, everything often happens differently in Nepal to anywhere else, so just like a road to rehabilitation, the path to a DfG Enterprise is proving to also be a lengthy road indeed!
Yesterday Samrat and our possible Enterprise candidate, Sunam, visited Days for Girls in Kathmandu and were lucky enough to meet not only the Asia coordinator but the actual founder of DfG who just happened to be there from USA! Days for Girls was set up by CEO Celeste Mergens in 2008.
Virginia is hoping this is an auspicious occasion! DfG Enterprises could also provide an income for both our NHEDF patients who need alternative means of employment as they are often unable to work in their pre-injury employment and fistula affected women who are often living in abject poverty.
Watch this space!
Himal B.K is a six-year-old boy from the province of Aacham in the west of Nepal. His father Jay Bahadur B.K is all he has left.
Like many of NHEDF’s patients, Himal’s parents were poor and they were working in India as laborers. Home was a little wooden hut provided by their employee. Unfortunately, one night, an electrical short circuit set the house alight and everyone was killed except for Himal and Jay. Himal and Jay lost their mother/wife along with Jays brother, sister-in-law and their child.
They were taken to hospital in India with dreadful burns. Jay had burns to both legs and Himal had terrible facial burns as well as burns to his arms and back. Medical care was not free in India and eventually they ran out of money so the hospital discharged them. They decided to return to Nepal and like many of NHEDF’s patients, they could not afford medical treatment. Thanks to financial support from their community they were admitted to a local hospital, but it had few facilities and only basic treatment for burns injuries.
For two weeks the hospital did not charge them for the care they received and some of the hospital staff generously paid their medical bills. They were then discovered by a nurse who had volunteered for NHEDF after the earthquake and was doing her Bachelor in Nursing at the hospital where they had been admitted. She contacted NHEDF and arrangements were made for Himal and Jay to be brought to Kathmandu. They were admitted to NHEDF on April 12th.
Since then Himal has had five surgeries and Jay has had two. We have felt that the photos of Himal when he arrived at NHEDF were too distressing to be shown and despite wonderful nursing care from NHEDF’s nurses, even recent photos are enough to make some people turn away.
Jay’s skin grafts have taken and his wounds are well healed. Himal is a different story due to the extent of his burns. The road to rehabilitation for Himal will be very long and both may require long-term medical care to minimize their disabilities from burns contractures and help them deal with the trauma they experienced. If you would like to support Jay and Himal’s ongoing medical care, please contact us.
We set up NHEDF’s Shelter almost three years ago and in that time we have changed the lives of 600 people. Starting from scratch and building up to the proper rehab facility we have now has been tough for us, but with the hope and support from many people, we have built up our facility, and are able to continue our journey.
We’d like to thank the many individuals and organizations who have motivated us and helped us to keep moving forward.
We are not only trying to change lives but save lives and also trying to save families. Sometimes, unwillingly, a family has to neglect their injured loved ones due to poverty. They may be unable to provide care because they have to work, or they simply cannot afford medical treatment. Sometimes people are even left to die. No one wants this. Our mission is to save that life. Our patients come from the remote villages to the busy city of Kathmandu, where they don’t know anyone and are unfamiliar with the way of life. We are there with them every step of the way.
We cry with our patients as well as celebrate their happy moments. We share their problems and we share ours. We don’t have all the facilities of a proper medical rehabilitation centre, but we have the heart to help. We’ve learned never to give up even in hard times, and we hold our patients’ hands and encourage them to fight. There are times when we are tired and despondent, but we never give up. There are no other organizations doing what we are doing in Nepal and we will continue to find a way to keep doing what we are doing with your help and support. All of us at NHEDF and our past and present patients are incredibly thankful for all we’ve received thus far…. Thank you.
A huge thank you to Canberra Days for Girls for 100 menstrual kits. They will be a huge help for women in Nepal who experience urinary and/or faecal incontinence as a result of obstetric, traumatic and iatrogenic fistula. We have started planning how to make a specific product suitable for women with fistula and will keep you posted! For more information bout the wonderful work Days for Girls do visit their website www.daysforgirls.org and watch this space for further developments!