Aug 23, 2021

HELP FROM ABROAD

Prepping to vaccinate
Prepping to vaccinate

Our report of May 27 must have left you with a sense of worry about our hospital and Nepal. We were in great need of oxygen and hospital beds to treat Covid patients and a sizable number of our staff was in quarantine.

Rescue came with a call from GlobalGiving UK advising that our project had been selected by the National Lottery Community Fund to receive a grant of 4,800 pounds for stemming the tide of Covid in Nepal. We were super excited about this totally unexpected help. The funds came just a we prepared for another wave of Covid infections. We were able to purchase additional hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, a deep refrigeration unit for vaccines and patient monitors.

An additional emergency grant from GlobalGiving US together with donations from our sister organizations Love Nepal in the UK and Namaste Nepal in the Czech Republic enabled us to create a proper isolation ward for our Covid patients. 

While our regular hospital activities went on as usual, caring for our infectious patients required us to hire extra staff as well.

To provide meals for Covid patients we had to increase our kitchen staff and in order to transport sick patients an extra ambulance driver came on board. The government of Nepal delivered on its promise and supplied an additional nurse and 2 extra medical personnel to assist in the hospital.  Occupancy rate in the isolation ward at times has been as high as 16 patients whose treatment runs from basic care to oxygen to antibiotics to steroids. The Rajbash staff is proud to report they have only had one Covid fatality at the hospital.

One of our recent patients had sought Covid treatment at a private hospital in Kathmandu.  Three weeks of treatment produced no sign of improvement. He returned to his village expecting to die. Yet his family brought him to our hospital where, after another three weeks of care, he recovered and was sent home. To celebrate the man’s recovery the family butchered a goat and sent a large portion of the meat to the hospital for staff and patients. 

To close we have another piece of good news: The US and Japan have each donated 1.5 million doses of vaccine to Nepal.  Covid vaccinations are now being administered by government health posts. This allows the hospital to keep its focus on isolation and treatment of patients. 

We are deeply grateful for all the support we received and for the progress this support has allowed us to make in caring for the victims of this horrible pandemic.

Shipped hospital beds and oxygen concentrator
Shipped hospital beds and oxygen concentrator
Isolation Ward-patient and oxygen
Isolation Ward-patient and oxygen
patient awaiting room in isolation ward
patient awaiting room in isolation ward
Breathing therapy
Breathing therapy
May 27, 2021

COVID coming from India crushes Nepal

Vaccines back in march
Vaccines back in march

 

After a period of relatively low new Covid infections, Doctors in the country of Nepal were cautiously hoping the end of Covid was in sight. Then came the news that India was suffering a new, violent and fast expanding wave of Covid infections. As Nepal shares open borders with India it seemed only a matter of time before their population as well would be under siege again. Just a month ago Nepal, a nation of 31 million people was reporting about 100 Covid-19 cases a day. Last Tuesday it reported 9,483 new cases and 225 virus-related fatalities, the highest single-day death toll since the pandemic began. Scenes in India, of funeral pyres and people queuing outside hospitals, are being replicated in Nepal, where hospitals are running out of oxygen and turning away patients.

 

Our small hospital in Rajbash is overflowing with patients. 9 staff members out of a total of 12 are battling Covid and are in isolation. A teacher at the nearby school already died (a significant loss in this small village) and we are worried about more casualties. The hospital desperately needs more beds to accomodate newly infected patients needing isolation. We are also in dire need of oxygen and Covid tests, which are in extremely short supply since India, a major supplier of both, has stopped exporting to other countries as their own need is so great right now. 

 

While the government has had a dismal record of managing the pandemic (the prime minister has been forced to resign), they did commit to send a nurse and two more medical staff to Rajbash to help us through this challenging time.

 

We will keep you informed on this evolving tragedy as we receive updates from our friends in Nepal.  Thank you to all who have been a part of this vital project.

 

staff member getting tested
staff member getting tested
staff member getting tested
staff member getting tested

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Mar 23, 2021

Covid-19 Relief Grant from GG and Vaccinations!

School children  with new masks and information.
School children with new masks and information.

A year ago this month the United States just started to wake up to the realities of a pandemic, Covid 19. We were slow to realize the impact it was going to have on our country, our people, and how much death and suffering it would visit upon us. The pandemic moved at its own pace but in time would affect every country on the globe.The small Himalayan country of Nepal was not spared. Covid first started its spread in the few urban centers. Many people fled to their ancestral villages to find safety, however the virus soon caught up with them in remote areas as well.

As soon as the first cases appeared our Rajbash Community Hospital instituted measures to protect staff and patients with masks, PPE, social distancing, diligent hand washing etc.  A triage tent was erected on the hospital grounds to separate Covid patients from those being treated for other issues. Our nurses trekked into surrounding villages to identify Covid patients and to teach families how to safely care for themselves and their patients and keep them quarantined in their homes.

By the end of October DCWC met and created a plan to be more proactive and to provide Covid prevention training for the wider rural population we serve. We started by training local municipal staff, volunteers, teachers, and health workers. Those trained could then teach other local groups about infection prevention and management.  We felt great about the impact of our efforts, however soon we realized the toll this program was taking on our hospital budget. Everyone involved had to be paid and replenishing our stores of masks, PPE, thermometers and sanitizer all threatened to bring us to our knees.  Our inquiries for financial assistance with GlobalGiving had not been hopeful.  However, miracles do happen! One January morning we received word that GlobalGiving had decided to support our efforts with a  $ 15,000 grant!  Our efforts have been recognized and rewarded, and that is most gratifying. We had originally stepped in to help and had no plan for where the money would come from.  So for us , this is a tremendous validation of our efforts.

And now on March 7 a Free Covid-19 Vaccination Program was organized by the local municipality and coordinated by our hospital.  A total of 90 seniors citizens from various villages were vaccinated at our Hospital.  How very exciting and hopeful!

We are grateful to GlobalGiving and we are grateful for all of you supporters. We will continue to serve the people of rural Nepal with all of our energies.  If they could give voice to their gratitude, they would say a big “thank you”.

 

Karin and Patrick

 

 

small school group with supplies
small school group with supplies
Masked
Masked
Educators and Trainers
Educators and Trainers
Banner for Free Covid Vaccinations
Banner for Free Covid Vaccinations
Vaccination at DCWC Community Hospital
Vaccination at DCWC Community Hospital

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