The local health clinic in the remote village of Bung now has new medical equipment and furniture, thanks to help from Himalayan Trust supporters.
The refit at the clinic will help improve the long-term health of the local community and improve maternity care.
Improving local health care
The Rai village of Bung lies far from the beaten track in the far west of the mountainous Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The village stretches several kilometres down a steep, terraced hillside. There are no vehicle roads to the village, the only access is on foot. For the population of around 4500 people, the nearest main hospital and doctor are a two-day walk.
Having an effective local health care service is vital for this remote village. In 1984 Sir Ed and the Himalayan Trust built the original clinic in the village and launched the first local health care service. Since then, a much larger clinic has been built by the government.
However, recent research carried out by the Himalayan Trust and our local partner, Action for Nepal, found the health care at the clinic was limited by:
- a lack of equipment and resources; and
- a lack of awareness among the local community
of the facilities provided at the clinic.
The research also found that many women in the area didn’t feel comfortable or confident about accessing basic health care at the clinic. According to a survey conducted by another local NGO, the maternal mortality rate of this region is twice the average rate in Nepal.”
Kitting out the clinic
Thanks to Himalayan Trust supporters, the new equipment and furniture for the clinic was delivered in December 2016.
The Himalayan Trust team worked closely with the Bung health post management committee and staff to work out exactly what the clinic needed.
“Himalayan Trust supporters in New Zealand have helped to buy furnishings such as blankets, pillows and sheets, mattresses, chairs and tables,” says Dr. Jangmoo Sherpa, Program Director with our local partner Action for Nepal. “They also provided vital medical equipment such as childbirth delivery sets, and IT equipment, including a computer, laptop and a projector.”
The newly-refurbished rooms for patients and staff are now all set up and in use at the clinic.
Working in partnership with the community
“Skilled carpenters from the village provided the locally-crafted furniture,” says Jangmoo. “The community have built a fence around the hospital to keep out wandering livestock and improved the access walking paths up the steep hillside to the hospital at the top end of the village.
“The community have also raised funds themselves, which they have used to buy beds and tables, water and toilet maintenance, and fencing for the clinic.”
The next phase of the project is currently under development. This next phase aims to:
- work with women in Bung to better understand and address their health needs and to improve maternal and children’s health;
- raise awareness of local health needs and inform the local community about the health care facilities available at the clinic; and
- support further training and upskilling of local clinic staff.
A history of making a difference
From building the first hospitals and clinics in Nepal, to educating the very first local doctor in the Everest region, Himalayan Trust supporters have made a huge difference to the health of communities in the Everest region of Nepal.
Thank you to all our supporters for your ongoing help to improve the health of remote communities in the Everest region today.
Dr. Jangmoo Sherpa is the Program Director at Action for Nepal. Jangmoo was born in Chunakpu, a village near Phaplu. Jangmoo carried out her medical studies in Nepal and worked in Bir Hospital, Kathmandu and in Lukla Hospital. She has been working in the area of maternal and child health in the remote rural communities of Nepal.
Find out more
- Himalayan health and hospitals: Find out more about our work to improve health in the Everest region.
- Meet Dr Kami Temba: The story of how Dr Kami Temba from the small mountain village of Mende came to be the first doctor-in-charge at Kunde Hospital is a story that spans the whole of the Himalayan Trust’s aid work in the Everest region.
- A day at Kunde Hospital
- The first volunteers at Kunde Hospital