Geographic location: The village of Khalte is situated in the PARBAT region, in central Nepal, approximately 250km from the capital KATHMANDU. The village is surrounded by mountain ranges, which make transport and people’s movements very difficult.
Those who live in these areas survive exclusively on food they grow in their fields, their living standards being sadly backward.
The only assistance is provided by the Gurkhas, soldiers of Nepalese nationality who serve in the British Army, and who have for some years now benefited from better pay and pension conditions from the British government. This financial aid was enough to support the creation of a day hospital, but not enough to provide it with doctors and medicines.
Over the last 20 years, Nepal’s population has grown from 5 million to 27 million, during which time its resources have shrunk and its social problems increased.
In the village of Khalte, in central Nepal, there is a day hospital which, used by around 30,000 inhabitants, is unfortunately short of doctors and medicines. The nearest hospital is 85km away. It takes one day and a half to reach it because of the remote and hard to access location of the village in a mountainous area.
Gravely ill patients do not manage to survive the journey and die on the way there. The cost of a helicopter is prohibitive, and will continue to be unaffordable for an indigent population having to live on the little they grow. The only assistance is provided by TELEMEDICINE, a British group which donates its services to the village’s day hospital. This outpatient clinic can now, through an Internet connection, contact medical experts in the UK or the US, and medical researchers at the University of Virginia, either in real time or receive an answer within an hour, through consultations that can often save lives.
This village and other villages nearby are confronted with a crucial problem: they cannot reach the closest hospital in reasonable time. The issue is not so much the hard journey across the Nepalese mountains, but the lack of adequate medical equipment to fit out a proper outpatient clinic. If supplied with the appropriate diagnostic means, the clinic’s medical staff will be able to treat most of their patients on site, without moving them to a hospital proper.
Dr Celin, president of the Celin Foundation, has been a plastic surgeon for over 30 years. As a volunteer in India for over 20 years, he decided to devote himself wholeheartedly to this project. Last year, he travelled to the village together with a British heart surgeon and his assistant. There he was able to examine over 300 patients, using an old electrocardiographer and a manometer to measure blood pressure as they did in the 19th century. On that occasion, they were also able to deal with cases of acute asthma, diagnose breast tumours, etc.
The doctor offers his knowledge and his work for free to all those who are in need of medical care, bringing hope to the sick.
Medical equipment for the Clinic: The project will set up a simple laboratory for blood tests, an x-ray machine and other diagnostic scanners. All contributions and donations serve a useful purpose: to provide these doctors – who devote their efforts to the care of the sick in a voluntary capacity – with the necessary instruments to help the needy population of the village and its surrounding areas.
Celin Foundation The aim of the Celin Foundation is to help the people of Nepal in areas such as: medical assistance, housing, employing, education and professional formation. The Foundation is non profit. Go to the site
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