Worldwide Healing Hands has just returned from Ilam, Nepal after a very challenging but successful medical mission. We’re constantly dealing with new situations with the government, the facilities, and many things out of our control, but it is extremely important to be able to adapt to these changes and to stay focused on our number one goal of taking care of the women in such great need.
A team of nine volunteers flew to Kathmandu where we met with our local hosts from Himalayan Healthcare (HHC). We then flew east along the Himalayan ridge to Bhadrapur and traveled by jeep for three hours to the town of Ilam where we were welcomed by the entire hospital staff.
Dr. Parajuli Community Hospital was built by HHC in 2004 to provide much needed medical care to people living in this remote and impoverished region of eastern Nepal. With the help of international volunteers HHC’s services have changed countless lives and helped reduce the infant and maternal mortality rate in this area.
Nepal is one of the world’s least developed countries. Half the population lives in poverty, with high rates of malnourishment, maternal mortality and illiteracy. A decade-long civil war further hindered the government’s ability to provide healthcare. The Ilam region, high in the Himalayas, previously had only one doctor to serve its entire population of 250,000, leaving villagers without adequate healthcare and forcing many to travel long distances to clinics in the lowlands or Indian border towns.
The volunteers carried with us approximately 600 pounds of donated medical supplies and equipment including hundreds of clean birth kits.
Among the things we accomplished were:
- successfully performed 25 GYN surgeries
- performed 960 patient visits, outpatient as well as emergency visits
- delivered 4 babies (including one emergency operative vaginal delivery)
- performed 625 ultrasound examinations
- trained 2 Nepali OB/GYN physicians to improve their surgical skills
- mentored one Nepali house officer (intern)
- mentored one Nepali anesthetist
- trained 18 midwives from the eastern region of Nepal, many of whom traveled for 4 days by bus to attend the training
- equipped 10 midwives with basic supplies needed to practice
- introduced a cervical cancer prevention initiative
- trained and improved the skills of the local hospital staff
Our volunteers worked long hours to accomplish this was amazing work. They are our heroes! This work would not be possible without the ongoing generosity of all of our supporters.
We are dedicated to improving the quality of health care for women and children in the most underserved areas of the world.