Santosh catches dengue fever

Our second year medical student Santosh has returned from a placement in a rural community in Makawanpur District called Ramanthali.  He was only there for 1 week but found it extremely informative and he is now an expert on measuring blood pressure and malnutrition.  After his return he contracted dengue fever which is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes and is very prevalent in Nepal. The infection is usually mild and passes after about 1 week without causing any lasting problems.  But in rare cases it can be very serious and potentially life threatening.  We are ...

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Santosh tells us about his home life

Our youngest medical student is Santosh.  We asked him to tell us a bit more about his reasons to want to train to become a doctor, and also about what life is like at home in his remote village in Jumla.  Here is his account: "My name is Santosh Upadhayay and I am 19 years old. My scholarship has completely changed my life, as it has made me focus on studying, and also helped my family to become free of economic burden. I feel that my scholarship was my life changer.     Now a bit about myself:  My village is called Simkhada; it is located in ...

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Kate’s blog from Nepal: visiting an earthquake

Visiting an earthquake-hit village: This week we visited one of the villages devastated by the earthquakes. It took us two days to reach the area from Kathmandu.  As we travelled, I noticed a subtle change in the architecture. At first I wondered why many of the houses looked like they belonged in a shantytown; which seemed odd as most mountain houses in Nepal are made from stone, or wood and mud. But as we began to climb, the piles of stones began to become more common, and soon we saw enormous numbers of damaged or destroyed buildings. At this point I suddenly realised ...

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The Nepal Appeal

Doctors for Nepal has launched The Nepal Appeal, to raise funds in the immediate aftermatch of the recent earthquake, and to aid with the assistance of ongoing medical needs in rural Nepal. Your help is desperately needed at this time and for the foreseeable future.  As the situation has evolved and information is coming through to us, the gravity and enormity of the needs in Nepal cannot be emphasised enough. Doctors for Nepal is undertaking a four phased response; your donation will be used to help achieve these goals, and your donation will enable Nepal to cope ...

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A pregnant woman’s journey

When staying in Lalit's village we were asked to see a pregnant woman who was unwell. She was 6 months pregnant, and appeared very unwell with abdominal pain and a fever. She was lucky to have lalit in the village that day; after examining her in her house in front of the elders, she was advised to urgently go to hospital as she hadn't felt her baby move for a week. The only way to hospital was by foot, and she was too ill to walk. We followed her journey, as she was carried in a chair on the backs of a porter and her husband - who took it in turns to carry her down and ...

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