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We desperately need your support to help us tackle the Covid disaster that is rapidly spreading across Nepal. There has been a 668% increase in cases over the last two weeks (Oxford university data tracking site) with us receiving frantic daily pleas for help from our friends and colleagues in Nepal. Dr. Kamal (one of our DFN doctors undertaking his internship in Kathmandu) says “Our Health system has collapsed... hospitals cannot take patients because we don’t have any life-saving ...
Kamal has just had a short story published on Setopati's website - Nepal's most reputable digital newspaper with over 1.7 million readers. The article, which you can read below, is a work of fiction, but is based on Kamal's real feelings and true events that have happened in his life. The protagonist of the story, Harke, is an imagined character but his story represents the actual problems of poverty faced by many people from the Karnali region and other remote areas of Nepal. Kamal has dedicated his story to his mother, who is recovering from her encounter with ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...