Though in some areas of Nepal health care can be seen to be improving, those in rural poverty including Gorkha District, still suffer from lack of access to medication and fundamental health care. Worms, diarrhoea, dysentery, skin diseases and chest complaints are endemic. Due to lack of access to fresh water and basic sanitation, sickness is commonplace and the mortality rate remains very high for the 21st century.
Even when simple sanitation and water is introduced to an area, the education surrounding health and hygiene is often lacking. Water is becoming more available to homes around Gorkha but even when available it is likely to be limited to specific days and times especially in the dry season.
How the Charity helps
Health and Hygiene – The Charity now works toward improving health and hygiene awareness. A recent programme on health and hygiene education has been developed by the charity aimed at improving hygiene and sanitation. Training is being given in schools in Gorkha to classes of young children and it is hoped these children will then share their understanding and good practice at home.
Toilet Project The charity has previously encouraged the building of basic toilets within communities through provision of some funding and is now aiming to improve sanitation in schools by helping to fund much needed improvement to toilet facilities.see update
Clinics A project funded by the charity throughout the 1990s saw the development of outreach clinics in the Gorkha District. The aim was to provide simple medical assistance and vaccinations to new born babies and young children, and to offer other medication and support to mothers.
With the help of volunteers from the local NGO, The Youth Movement for the Environment (TYME), this project ran successfully for 10 years in up to 5 rural locations. Each month, as many as 100 patients were treated being funded partly by the Nepali government and partly by the Charity which gave £300 a year.
. This money paid for medical supplies for the mothers and babies, the equipment needed for each clinic and the porter to carry the equipment and supplies to the rural locations. The vaccinations had to be transported in canisters to maintain the correct temperature. One or two young volunteers from the Youth Movement helped with the administration whilst the nurse was supported by the local hospital.
Today, this work is undertaken at the local hospital.
Water Project The Charity was involved in an early water project in a rural village which was initiated through Ron Hook and the Gorkha Women’s Association (GWA) and funded through NEWAH.