FREE, MOBILE HEALTH CARE FOR MUGU
In order to address critical health care gaps in the district, Back to Life is periodically organising mobile health camps in different locations in Mugu. Many people in Mugu are not able to access professional health care, as government health facilities are often too far away, closed, or not adequately resourced to offer even the most basic services.
Therefore, working closely with the District Health Office, we are organising a team of health care workers to provide mobile services right in those remote villages. So far, we have been able to provide medical services to more than 8,000 people, many of which have never seen a doctor before. Common illnesses treated during those health camps include diarrhoea, respiratory infections, conjunctivitis, skin lesions, parasites, and urinary tract infections.
Sometimes, it is not possible to treat patients on the spot, as they require laboratory tests, special equipment or surgical procedures. These cases are referred to the closest health facility able to provide these services. If any life-threatening emergency cases have been identified, especially amongst children and mothers, Back to Life covers the costs of transportation and also organise hospitalisation in Kathmandu or another town.
Saved at the last minute
12-year-old Hiralal came to one of our health camps having severe stomach pains. The doctors found that he had a life-threatening intestinal obstruction. Already very weak, the boy was put on a stretcher and carried to the closest airstrip, which they reached after two days of walking. From there, Hiralal was flown out to Nepalgunj, where he had a life-saving emergency surgery. Only two weeks later, Hiralal was able to leave the hospital and returned to Mugu in good health.
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Altering individuals’ fates – In our line of work, we frequently come across medical emergencies, especially amongst children. In such cases, we secure their survival and recovery through direct and long-term support. This may include organizing transport from hard-to-reach regions to hospitals, paying for urgently needed surgeries, hospital stays, as well as medical treatment, and any kind of further support the child or family may require for a full recovery.