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Overview of RMF Programs in Nepal: May 2018

June 18, 2018
Ganesh Shrestha and Gaurav Pradhan

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RMF Nepal Objective

Goals and Vision

The main objective of RMF Nepal is to assist vulnerable individuals and underserved communities, enabling them to gain access to resources, to promote health awareness, and to enhance quality of life in terms of health, nutrition, sanitation, education, and environment through an integrated development approach. RMF Nepal works in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population, local health offices, and community members to ensure the success of our programs, reduce malnutrition, and improve the health status of mothers and children.
RMF Nepal seeks to accomplish the following goals in order to reach our objective:

  • Strengthen the quality of preventive and curative health and nutrition services from the community level to the district health facility level.
  • Improve the quality of life for rural, low-income women and their families through increased access to health, nutrition, education, social services, and reproductive health resources, together leading to informed choices and understanding of women’s rights.
  • Enhance the capacity of parents, mothers’ groups, FCHVs, health facility staff, and concerned institutions.
  • Conduct various activities that promote public-private partnership in health and nutrition to meet broader health objectives.
  • Design and implement health programs in conjunction with food and nutrition, water and sanitation, education, environmental issues, and gender equity.
  • Address the development needs of the community and country through research and extensive field work in health, water, education, environment and sanitation, and social justice.
  • Organize various trainings and provide consultative services on training, workshops, seminars, and IEC/BCC material development.
  • Provide professional expertise, supporting human resources and capacity building, to the government and non-government sector.
  • Create awareness among community members of the importance of health and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, literacy, environmental protection, family planning, and other areas of concern.
  • Manage resources for sustainable development to enhance livelihood and poverty alleviation.
  • Establish collaboration and partnership with CBOs, GOs, and I/NGOs at local, national, and international levels for a united response and contribution towards achieving Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Support the education of children, especially girls in areas where women and girls are largely marginalized and deprived of education past primary school.

 

Summary of Programs

Seven Ongoing Initiatives

In continuation of RMF INGO’s work, RMF Nepal has assumed responsibility of the programs and continues to strengthen ties with local communities, further developing and increasing the reach of our health care, capacity-building, and education support programs. RMF has implemented programs from the mountains of the Gorkha region to the plains of Terai and covered six of Nepal’s seven provinces.


 

Arupokhari Model Village Project

Arupokhari, Gorkha- Ongoing Since 2015

Major Interventions

  • Operation of clinic providing 24/7 access to free, high-quality health care to the community, including OPD services, first aid and emergency services, antenatal and postnatal services, and family planning and counseling services
  • Providing essential medicines at a highly subsidized rate
  • By November 2016, the RMF Health Clinic began to purchase its own medicines (rather than depending on RMF to supply them), thanks to the funds accumulated by distributing medicine on a cost to cost basis.
  • Conducting interactive health education program for pregnant women, their husbands, and in-laws
  • Maintaining a 13-member, local Clinic Management Committee to ensure community ownership and eventual independence
  • Referring sick children to government-based rehabilitation centers with provision of transportation costs to those in need
  • Nutritional assessment of children (weight and MUAC) and management of malnutrition
  • Counseling mothers on proper hygiene, IYCF, maternal health, and sanitation
  • Construction of a new building for the clinic, which will also include a birthing center
  • 7,062 patients benefitted from health services provided by the RMF Health Clinic in the year 2017.

 

MCH Project, United Mission Hospital

TANSEN, PALPA- ONGOING SINCE 2016

Major Interventions

This project is run in coordination with District Health Office Palpa and UMN hospital, Palpa.

Mother & Child Health Clinic (town clinic)

  • RMF is supporting the clinic’s human resources: 2 MCH nurses, 1 clinic assistant, and 1 cleaner.
  • Antenatal care, postnatal care, health education and awareness, family planning and counseling, immunization, and HIV testing for pregnant women and children under the age of 5
  • The clinic provides free services to an average of 20–30 persons each day.

​Satellite Mother & Child Health Clinic Program

  • Empowering and strengthening local government health posts by providing orientation and training to health posts’ staff and much-needed medical equipment so that women and children in outlying areas can access health services that would usually be available only in cities

Child Nutrition and Rehabilitation Center

  • Caring for up to six malnourished children at a time in a friendly, homelike environment and providing food and training to the mothers and children
  • Training includes preparing nutritious food, family health, and hygiene.

 

Kanti Children’s Hospital

Kathmandu- Ongoing since 2015

Major Interventions

  • Donated more than $400,000 worth of medicines and medical supplies after the 2015 earthquake
  • Supporting human resources for Kanti Children’s Hospital: 3 medical officers in the ICU department and 4 nurses in triage, under the Emergency Department
  • Supplying free medicines, medical supplies, laboratory and other medical tests, lodging, food, and other hospital requirements for selected low-income patients and their families
  • Providing beds and other medical equipment for the ICU
  • Providing guidance to the parents of sick children regarding proper use of hospital facilities, health education, sanitation, and the pharmacy
  • Funding and helping patients access available services such as x-rays and laboratory tests
  • Providing financial support and other arrangements, such as transportation for patients who require services outside the hospital, such as MRI and CT scans
  • Providing nutrition support to children admitted to the Oncology and Malnutrition Ward
  • Donated 10 new ICU beds

 

Nepal Children’s Organization (Bal Mandir)

KATHMANDU- ONGOING SINCE 2015

Major Interventions

  • Supporting 2 nurses and 1 ANM to take care of the children at the NCO homes Naxal and Sifal in Kathmandu
  • Continuous assessment of the 170+ children and treatment of minor ailments
  • Providing education related to environmental sanitation, personal hygiene, and waste management, as well as menstrual hygiene education for adolescent girls at NCO homes
  • Providing health and nutrition education for the children and staff, especially house mothers of the NCO homes
  • Providing basic counseling and emotional support to the children
  • Transporting seriously ill children to different hospitals and caring for them during their hospital stay
  • Referring children to RMF for funding when their diagnosis and treatment are too expensive for NCO to provide
  • Nutritional assessment of the children (weight and MUAC) and management of malnutrition
  • Participating in other activities as needed by NCO

 

Midwifery Education Support Program

ONGOING SINCE 2016

Major Interventions

RMF is a part of the Collaborative Partnership Agreement for Supporting Midwifery Education and Cadre in Nepal between the Ministry of Health and Population, UNFPA, GIZ, and WHO. The consortium’s goal is to build midwifery education programs in Nepal, creating strong cadres of qualified midwives to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among mothers and newborns. RMF is contributing in the following areas, which are being finalized following discussions with the government, partner organizations, concerned universities, and other stakeholders:

  • Strengthening training sites and the skills lab at NAMS in coordination with the MOHP, UNFPA, and other partners by providing relevant teaching and training materials
  • Funding one student scholarship (covering all tuition fees at NAMS) every year for the first 3 years of the program
  • Providing selected essential teaching and learning materials to NAMS, such as books, computers, LED, and overhead projectors, to ensure that student midwives are provided with an education that is both up-to-date and evidence-based
  • Planning to develop a database for the Nepal Nursing Council (NNC) to track active nurses and midwives in Nepal
  • Planning to provide faculty training in collaboration with GIZ and UNFPA
  • Planning to provide one full-time international tutor

 

Kavre Outreach Program

KAVRE- ONGOING SINCE 2016

Major Interventions

  • Distributed medical equipment and supplies to health facilities in coordination with the District Health Office during June 2016
  • Provided sophisticated equipment requiring more highly trained technicians to Dhulikhel Hospital with the permission of the District Health Office
  • Distributed wheelchairs to disabled persons from 8 VDCs in Kavre
  • Establishing relationships with local leaders, health post supervisors, and FCHVs (Female Community Health Volunteers)
  • Committing to having medical equipment examined to keep it functional at all times, consistently provide medicines needed to use the machines, and build the capacity of health post employees through training enabling them to use the machines effectively
  • Supporting human resources (1 medical officer, nurse, laboratory technician, and office assistant) and medical equipment for Dapcha Health Post
  • An agreement has been made between Namo Buddha municipality and RMF for support of Dapcha Health Post.
  • Promoting community awareness of health, hygiene, and nutrition

 

Karuna Girls’ School

LUMBINI- ONGOING SINCE 2015

Major Interventions

  • Construction of a new school building to increase capacity of the school
  • The roof of the new building has been completed, the walls are plastered, and the first coat of paint has been applied

 

The B Project

BHOTENAMLANG, SINDHUPALCHOK- SINCE 2015

Major Interventions

  • Real Medicine Foundation, in partnership with Seven Summits Women and White Girl in Nepal, is working to improve quality of life, as well as children’s and women’s education in Bhotenamlang.
  • Improving WASH conditions in Bhotenamlang VDC
  • Supporting a tailoring vocational training program for women
  • Providing English classes for a local mothers’ group by supporting teachers
  • Providing afternoon meals to more than 2,000 schoolchildren at 8 schools
  • Working to build Bhotenamlang Community Center
  • Working to rebuild Balsudhar Primary School
  • Pursuing new programs with additional partners

 

Immediate Disaster Relief

FLOOD AFFECTED DISTRICTS OF EASTERN TERAI- COMPLETED 2017

Major Interventions

  • After heavy rainfall in June 2017, the southern plains, Nepal’s primary agricultural area, were heavily affected by flooding. Along with difficulties in accessing food, shelter, and clean water, there was concern that the country may experience severe food shortages due to the destroyed crops. Affected populations are also at risk for waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases.
  • In partnership with a local NGO BHORE, RMF assembled and distributed 300 flood relief packages to families most affected in Rautahat District. Each relief package includes personal hygiene items, a small first aid kit, insect repellent, food, chlorine solution (for water purification), a lighter, and a flashlight with batteries.
  • RMF also supported 3 free health camps for affected communities in the region in partnership with the Paramedical Association of Nepal (PAN) and Itahari Municipality, serving a total of 441 people.
  • In January 2018, RMF supported two free health camps for vulnerable communities affected by the cold wave in the area of Itahari, Terai region, serving a total of 321 people.
 

Strengths and Future Plans

PARTNERING WITH ADDITIONAL AGENCIES

RMF Nepal has successfully implemented programs in six of Nepal’s seven provinces and has a human resources pool of 25 health professionals, including medical doctors, public health experts, and nursing experts. RMF Nepal has experience working towards a shared goal with the government of Nepal and in collaboration with INGOs, NGOs, and UN agencies (such as UNFPA and WHO). RMF Nepal also benefits from the support and mentorship of our parent global organization, Real Medicine Foundation, drawing on the wide experience of Founder and CEO Dr. Martina C. Fuchs, as well as our global teams.

In order to expand RMF Nepal’s services and reach, we are looking to partner with additional governmental, UN, and non-governmental agencies, mainly in the health and nutrition sectors.

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More than 8,500 people are dead and over 15,000 injured following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the Himalayan region the morning of April 25, 2015. Eight million people are affected across Nepal, and one million children are in urgent need of help.


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