The health programmes run by Moving Mountains are aimed at providing key services to disadvantaged communities in Nepal and Kenya. We further expand these services by combining them with our opportunities for medical students such as the Medical Elective programmes and Medical Camps.
These communities lack access to healthcare and other important services. Lack of vaccinations, lack of care for common diseases, and distance from resources are all problems faced by our communities. All of this was, for many years, compounded by a lack of data regarding health trends in these regions. We supply equipment, provide funding, build structures, and run our medical camps and medical electives in-country. Our focus throughout these programmes is on supporting the long-term development goals of the communities.
Health Programmes in Nepal
Our programmes in Nepal focus primarily on the communities of Bupsa and Bumburi in the Solukhumbu region, near Mount Everest. For many years, these communities were cut off and forgotten, isolated by Maoist rebel violence and a lack of tourism in the area.
Because of this relative isolation, the people of Bupsa and Bumburi lacked access to basic healthcare services. If villagers fell seriously ill, they were forced to walk for days to the nearest large town or take a long and expensive journey to Kathmandu.
Working with the villagers and local authorities, Moving Mountains Nepal set up Medical Camps in the village of Bumburi, bringing Nepali doctors and foreign volunteers to the village to provide healthcare and collect valuable data. Over time, we’ve been able to help thousands of people receive treatments that they would otherwise not have access to.
Todays, thanks to the hard work of the villagers and the funds raised by our medical volunteers, we’ve constructed a permanent clinic in Bumburi, staffed with full-time nurses. Our hope is to bring doctors to the area in the near future.
Health Programmes in Kenya
In Kenya, our health programmes focus primarily on supporting existing medical clinics, increasing access to vital care in otherwise disadvantaged communities. We also run successful medical camps and medical elective programmes in Kenya.
Our programmes in Kenya span the country, from the Kibera slums of Nairobi to the remote Siaya district in Western Kenya. As such, the issues faced by our communities are quite diverse. Some face poor health due to the congested slums, others struggle with the effects of the HIV/AIDS virus. For all, lack of healthcare has been a massive issue impeding their development both socially and economically.
To help alleviate these issues, Moving Mountains Kenya has been running health programmes in Kenya for over twenty years. Our Medical Camps in Ulamba village on the slopes of Mt. Kenya bring healthcare to hundreds of villagers who normally go without.
We also focus on two health clinics in Kenya. The Ushikira Clinic, located in the Kibera slum, is the only clinic serving this disadvantaged population. They offer a wide range of healthcare services including HIV/AIDS treatment, surgery, and more. We provide this clinic with funding, equipment, and guidance, working with them to improve their standard of care and eliminate corruption from their culture.
In Western Kenya, we support the Dophil Clinic and Maternity Home, a space that caters to women and children as well as the wider needs of the community. Although this clinic is nearly self-sufficient, Moving Mountains Kenya still supports them through funding and by purchasing equipment as necessary.
In all of our programmes, we focus on working with the communities and local authorities to ensure that we are addressing the needs as they see fit. We strive always to empower local people to take control of their own development.
Data Collection Through Our Health Programmes
One of the best results of our medical camps has been the ability to collect data about otherwise remote populations. Over the many years that we’ve been running medical camps in both Kenya and Nepal, we’ve collected data about the status of health in these communities.
Now, many years on, we’re able to identify trends in the health and well-being of our communities. This allows us to build more targeted programmes and anticipate the needs of the community in the coming years.
Getting Involved in our Health Programmes
We encourage any medical student interested in Nepal or Kenya to get involved in our medical programmes. They offer a chance to study with professional doctors while serving some of the most remote populations in the world.
Our medical electives give you the opportunity to study in international teaching hospitals in the country of your choice, where you will be supervised by professional doctors and learn the intricacies of healthcare in the developing world. Our medical electives are very popular and receive excellent feedback on the medical elective network. These electives normally take place in Kathmandu or Nairobi, but we do encourage participants to get outside of the cities and visit the rural areas of the country.
Our medical camps offer a unique opportunity for medical students to provide healthcare to remote and often isolated populations in either Nepal or Kenya. These immensely popular trips bring you out to the villages where Moving Mountains does some of its most impactful work. You’ll volunteer under the supervision of a professional doctor and be able to have a real impact on the lives of the villagers you assist.
Through all of our placements, Moving Mountains adheres to the criteria of Fair Trade Volunteering, never exploiting local people or misrepresenting medical students as doctors. A medical volunteer experience with Moving Mountains is ethical, engaging, and will have an impact on your life and the lives of the people you meet for years to come.
If you’re not a medical student and still want to be involved in our health programs, we encourage you to make a donation to Moving Mountains today.