Social Welfare and HealthRural Medical Camps
The medical camps which we have been running in partnership with the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi attract local people from miles around, many of whom walk for many hours and often days to attend the camps.
There are currently no permanent doctors in the region, which is home to a large, ethnically diverse population, spread over a number of rural communities made up of low income households. People lack access to basic health care and specialist treatment and have to walk for many days to attend the nearest hospital or else take the long and expensive journey to Kathmandu. The medical camps we run provide free consultation, treatment and advice from specialist qualified doctors as well as access to free medication on prescription.
Through these camps we also collect medical data to help gain a better picture of prevalent health issues suffered by people in the area. This allows us to tailor our other project work in the villages to help to provide effective preventative solutions to the health issues we encounter. A good example of this integrated approach to projects is our investment in improved, eco-friendly cooking stoves for households in the villages with which we work. These improved stoves, as well as reducing fuel use by around 50% and therefore helping to reduce deforestation, also ensure that smoke is expelled from the home, thereby helping to reduce associated respiratory and eye problems suffered by the population.
Read a blog by Kate Lowe, MBBS, MCEM, Emergency Medicine doctor based on the south coast of England, about volunteering with Moving Mountains on a medical camp in Nepal here.
Moving Mountains began supporting health facilities in the Solu Khumbu region of the Himalayas by funding deliveries of medicines and equipment to a small health post in the village of Khari Khola, which is located off the old Everest trail.
Following on from this, Moving Mountains started running free mobile medical camps in 2010 to the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi. The camps are led by qualified Nepalese doctors and dentists and are supported by volunteer medical and dentistry students from the UK, initially through a partnership with Bristol RAG and the University of Bristol, this has now been opened up to other universities and medical students, as well as qualified doctors, dentists and nurses from around the world.
- Bristol Rag
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
1. Volunteer on the Medical Camp (find out more about the benefits of gaining experience with MM whilst at university on our blog)
2. Volunteer at the Medical Clinic built by Moving Mountains at the village of Bumburi, which is due to open in August 2016 or come to Kathmandu for your Medical Elective, or a mixture of both!
3. If you are already a qualified professional you can take a ‘Sabbatical placement’ and volunteer at the Medical Camp and at the Clinic which opens in August 2016.
4. Volunteer on the construction and development of the Medical Clinic which is being coordinated to be completed, fitted out and stocked at the same time as the Medical Camp in August 2016.
5. Throughout any visit to the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi you can get involved with all the developmental projects which are located and managed by Moving Mountains Nepal.
6. Visit this stunning part of the world as part of any trip to Nepal or incorporate visits on an Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri.
Our long-term aim is to build and support a Community Health Clinic in Bumburi, staffed with full time qualified doctors, in order to meet the major gap existing in health care provision in the area. We are currently funding the training of two students from villages in the region to undertake nursing and community health assistant courses in Kathmandu so that they will be able to return to work at the clinic which we plan to complete in August 2016.
The medical camps we are currently running are also instrumental in providing us with demographic information and medical data which help us to formulate and develop plans for this clinic and we see the yearly camps continuing in the villages for the foreseeable future.
Traditionally it is very difficult to attract a doctor away from the opportunities available in Kathmandu and further afield. However we believe that a quality medical facility with a clear and transparent management structure, supported by Moving Mountains and the local communities and village development committees, would be a viable proposition which could effectively serve the needs of a large beneficiary population of around 20,000 people. The need for quality healthcare in the area is clear and if we can provide the facilities then we are very hopeful of finding the staff and funding to run the clinic and making it self-sustainable and successful in the long term.