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Monthly Archive for June, 2012

Today we Welcome Dr. Paul Farmer to Nepal

Dear Readers, Mountains have become a metaphor for the challenges inherent in the work we do. Surprisingly, that is not because we work in Nepal. Instead, it is credited to Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s moving account of Dr. Paul Farmer’s quest to bring quality health care to the poor around the [...]

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Posted by Mark Arnoldy As a 22-year old, I distinctly recall rumbling along Route Nationale #3, Haiti’s unpaved and unattended central vein, toward the town of Cange. While crawling up a dusty incline past the dam that spawned Lac Peligre on my right, a nervous anticipation set in. Those nerves were not of the sort [...]

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Posted by Bibhusan Basnet It is for a reason that we admit patients for inpatient treatment.  As doctors, we admit them and order medications and treatment, but the inpatient department (IPD) is mostly run by nursing staff.  Normally, doctors are just there for the regular rounds and the emergency calls.  Due to the large number [...]

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Posted by Ryan Schwarz My plane landed in Kathmandu this morning – my first day back in the country after a stint too long away (as a resident physician in the USA now, finding time away from work can be challenging). Coincidentally, today is also the 3rd anniversary of Nyaya’s collaboration with the Nepali Ministry [...]

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Posted by Jason Andrews and Sanjay Basu For the last several years, we’ve heard that privatizing public health systems in poor countries would be the best way to build more sustainable, efficient and effective healthcare systems. Large multinational firms and the World Bank have put out several reports advocating for the poorest countries to privatize. [...]

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Posted by Lindsey Youngquist _____________ Lindsey Youngquist is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar studying Community Health in Nepal.  She recently volunteered at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham.  Tweet This Post

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Agya’s Accompaniment

Posted by Duncan Maru I had dozed off, I think, when the jeep pulled over.  The door opened and our young patient and her mother got into the back.  It was pitch black, where the new moon had ceded the night stage completely to the stars.  Suddenly, mayhem seemed to break loose.  The child’s father, [...]

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Posted by Lindsey Youngquist _____________ Lindsey Youngquist is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar studying Community Health in Nepal.  She recently volunteered at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham.  Tweet This Post

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Posted by Ashma Baruwal  [The following post was adapted from the community health report for the month of Baisakh, which spans from the middle of April to the middle of May on a Gregorian calendar.]  This month, program development included the design of a family health program, menstrual hygiene workshop, and a high school health [...]

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Posted by Chhitij Bashyal  With my old laptop and hefty community health worker (CHW) log books, I still remember basking in the sun on our Sanfe Clinic roof back in 2008.  While digging through the weekly reports of our community health workers, even the thought of refining data collection and analysis process so to inform [...]

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Posted by Lindsey Youngquist _____________ Lindsey Youngquist is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar studying Community Health in Nepal.  She recently volunteered at Bayalpata Hospital in Achham. Tweet This Post

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Posted by Dan Schwarz This past week, Nyaya had the opportunity to attend Partners In Health’s (PIH) first annual Community Health Worker (CHW) Summit in Boston. More than 30 CHW program leaders from more than 20 countries/programs attended, including representatives from Tiyatien Health (Liberia), Project Muso (Mali), Zanmi Lasante (Haiti), Inshuti Mu Buzima (Rwanda), Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (Malawi), Companeros de Salud (Mexico), Socios en Salud (Peru), [...]

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Posted by Bibhusan Basnet It was Saturday morning and, as planned with Agya and Ashma, we set out for the meeting with the Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) in our catchment Village Development Committee (VDC), Janalikot.  We planned to give a dental hygiene orientation program for the FCHVs and I was excited.  We printed materials [...]

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