Medical Mission Trip to Nepal

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Hello! My name is Alok Shrestha and I am a medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - GA Campus in Suwanee, GA. I am part of an International Medicine Club at my school and we are fundraising to organize and run a small clinic and to send a group of our medical students to Nepal. My family is originally from Nepal and I had the opportunity to go back last summer before starting medical school. Although Nepal is a beautiful country with a rich culture, it was shocking and saddening to me to see the lack of basic healthcare infrastructure in many parts of Nepal. Even hospitals and bigger facilities sometimes lack basic supplies like soap in the bathroom for hand washing or run out of disinfectants, bandages, and gloves which greatly diminishes the quality of healthcare they can provide.
These basic necessities that are often taken for granted are essential to prevent many transmissible diseases like the flu virus, salmonella and shigella, and many diarrheal illness, which are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Nepal. The situations are much more desperate in smaller villages and communities outside of the cities where the only source of medical care for the entire community is a health post, a small medical center that often times lack basic supplies and is run by a nurse or local volunteer workers.
The students and the medical team will be serving at a local health post in Jhor Mahankal, a village of approximately three thousand people, 13 km from Kathmandu. The students will assist the doctors in providing free primary care services such as administering vaccinations, taking history and physical, assisting with other minor clinical procedures and promoting basic public health education like clean hygiene, hand washing, and waste disposal.
The donated funds will be used to cover the cost of running the health post facility, managing the medical team for 2 weeks, and collecting and transporting medical supplies. Although many of the medical students are paying out of pocket to take on this project, some of funds may be used for student expenses, like meals, housing and other accommodations.
I know this is a large amount of money we are trying to raise and although our volunteer work in there may only be for a limited time, we hope our contribution in promoting public health and in raising awareness for the dire need of financial aid and resources in these parts of Nepal will have a lasting impact. If you can donate even a small amount of money, it would greatly help us give back to the community what we are learning in school.
Thank you,
Alok Shrestha




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Hello everyone,

The medical mission trip to Nepal this summer was a total success! I would like to thank everyone who donated, we could not have done this without you. Thank you so much for your generous contributions! We raised enough money to fund the free clinic in Jhor, Nepal for 11 days, do a few home visits, public health education at a local school, and see patients at a retirement home. In total we provided basic health screening and medical care to around 650 patients! I would also like to thank the Dr. Jayahari Pandey, Mr. Ramesh Shrestha, Mr. Mahendra Shrestha and Lions Club of Kathmandu Manasalu for organizing the program in Nepal. Thank you Mr. Santaram Adhikari and the Samudayik Swasthya Kendra Community Health Center for hosting the free clinic and Dr. Roshani Amatya, the chief medical doctor for overseeing the clinical portion of the project. Thank you to the Nepali doctors who worked the clinic. We have learned so much from you. I would also like to give special thanks to Mr. Samir Upadhyay and his family for their donations and help with the project. Thank you to Mr. Mahendra Shrestha, Rajeev Pradhan, Suni Shrestha and family for your hospitality and housing us during our trip. Thank you to all the Leos and the volunteers who came out to help us with translation, providing additional clinical support and patient care! Thanks to NASeA for helping us get the word out. Lastly, I would like to thank my classmates who joined me on this trip. It was an incredible educational and cultural experience and one that has made a difference in the community of Jhor, Nepal.

-Alok Shrestha
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Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support! Because of you, we have raised enough money to open the clinic in Nepal for 2 weeks! We will arrive in Nepal on June 16th and open the clinic on the 18th. With only 1 week away, we're working hard to get everything together. If you would like to donate you are still welcome to as we can use additional funds for meds and supplies. We will have the donation website active until Wednesday, June 12. Thank you again!

-Alok Shrestha
The team getting ready for Nepal
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Big Thank Yous to Mr. Suraj Shrestha, Mr. Dhananjay Mudbhary, Mr.Upendra and Ms. Madhvi, and Mr. Bhavendra Basnet for their recent donations!
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Just received $250 each from two Nepalese companies, Spiralogics Nepal and Sourceopia Nepal! Thank you!
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RG
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Raja Ghale
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Susanna Baral
64 months ago

Should be more people like you in this world. :) so proud of u Alu Babu

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Prajwal Shrestha
64 months ago

My best wishes...

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Good luck uncle Alok! Audrey is proud of you

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