Health care in Nepal is extremely limited. The front line of Nepal's Health Care infrastructure is the village level "Health Post" (HP) staffed by two health workers. This project will improve the capacity of ten Health Posts in Lalitpur District outside Kathmandu by providing very basic equipment and upgrading health worker capacity. Needs have been determined through a cooperative effort of the Rotary Club of Kasthamandap working with local officials including the Ministry of Health.
Partnership. This Global Grant involves a partnership between Encinitas Rotary and the Rotary Club of Kasthamandap of Kathmandu (RCK). We have a positive track record with RCK through a microfinance project, as well as funds distribution after the 2015 earthquake.
• Improve capacity of health workers at the targetted HPs to deliver basic medical services, including training in emergencies, dental and eye care, and delivery labor.
• Replace worn out basic equipment and medical furniture (e.g., suture sets, delivery sets, blood pressure meters, sterilizers, pulse oximeters, weighing scales, exam and delivery tables, etc.)
• Increase children's understanding of preventative health and hygiene.
• Increased numbers of cases treated at the health posts and reduction in referrals to Kathmandu
• Increased vaccination levels
• Increased school visits with health messages, followed up by assessments of health awareness, improved practices (hand washing, etc), and reduction in health issues among children.
Rotary of Kasthamandap - Health Component: needs assessment with local officials (completed). Procure supplies (bids already received). Assist in equipment delivery. Visit communities to monitor progress. Arrange for training of health workers at Medical College in Kathmandu, and review HP reports.
Encinitas Rotary Club. Maintain close contact with RCK via email and Skype regarding project progress. Monitor project reports and financial summaries from RCK. Update Encinitas Rotary Members on progress, including posting on website and social media. Ensure that fund transfers take place.
Timeline after receipt of grant:
Month 1 - 3: Procurement and delivery of medical equipment, instruments and furniture to all 10 Health Posts.
Annual follow up visit to health posts for physical verification and interaction with health workers, and District Health officials.
Month 3-6: Training to Health Workers at Medical college, Kathmandu, 1 month.