Nepal - Health Projects

Humla has serious gaps in health service access. The region has one under-equipped and under-staffed district hospital for a population of more than 50,000. Adara is tackling these issues holistically, by addressing both prevention and treatment.

Adara works to improve health services so that we can treat people as effectively as possible when they become ill. We do this by:

HOSTING ANNUAL MOBILE MEDICAL CAMPS
  • Mobile medical camps bring Nepali doctors, nurses and specialists into Humla for two months at a time to treat as many people as possible.

IMPROVING HEALTH POSTS
  • We do this by supplying medicines, refurbishing the posts to make them clean and functional, and supporting the salaries of health assistants to improve long-term regular access to medical services in Humla.

FUNDING AND SUPPORTING A TIBETAN MEDICINE PRACTITIONER
  • The Tibetan medicine practitioner travels from village to village for eight months of the year, treating people and providing free Tibetan medicine to 25 villages.

Adara also wants to reduce the likelihood of disease occurring, through prevention programmes. We approach disease prevention in three main ways:

NUTRITION IMPROVEMENT
  • By advising farmers on greenhouse construction and repair and providing some materials; providing vegetable seeds and assisting with tree plantation and orchard development; and supplying solar driers to be used to dry food for the long cold winters.

HYGIENE AND SANITATION
  • Through education, training and assistance in building, installing and managing pit latrines, smokeless metal stoves and drinking water systems.

HEALTH EDUCATION
  • Including reproductive health, disease prevention and hygiene and sanitation.

HEALTH FACTS

  • The Adara Tibetan doctor treks through upper Humla villages for 8 months each year

  • The Adara Tibetan doctor, treated 1,221 patients from 10 villages in upper Humla in 2013

  • More than 12,000 patients have been treated through Adara's Tibetan medicine programme since inception

  • About 3,000 people in upper Humla are treated through Adara's mobile medical camp each year

  • Mobile medical camps were stationed in 7 villages in 2013, treating people from 28 surrounding villages

  • Adara supports 4 clinics in Kathmandu to provide free basic healthcare services through the Himalayan Medical Foundation

  • Adara supports free medical care for more than 10,000 people each year through the Himalayan Medical Foundation

  • Free medical care has been provided to more than 100,000 people through the Himalayan Medical Foundation since inception

  • We have supported 2 health posts with health workers and necessary medicines in Humla

  • Deworming for almost 500 kids from 7 schools in 7 villages have been provided

  • Eye screenings and medication has been provided to over 1600 patients from upper Humla villages

  • More than 400 mothers from 6 Humla villages have been trained in maternal child health, nutrition, family planning, sanitation and hygiene in 2013