The Nepal Health Camp began as a single event in the village of Lahachowk, in March 2017, where basic health care is unable to address community needs. Due to the overwhelming success of the first health camp, mobile and often remote health camps, continue to be supported by ICO and other NGOs like the Rotary Club. The Nepalese Rotary clubs provide a variety of medical practitioners and ICO provides financial support for camp and surgery logistics; including medicines, gloves, gels, transportation and food. A single health camp can last up to five days often requiring four-wheel drive vehicles to access remote village locations. Each year the camp’s focus is aligned with available volunteer medical expertise. These camps also provide a venue for ICO to provide feminine hygiene kits and education to women and girls in the village.
In addition, the initiative has the capacity, on a limited basis, to provide medical support including but not limited to, funding surgeries and providing nutritional support for individuals in the greatest need. Recipients for medical support will be identified upon request from local health practitioners and/or community leaders following assessment by a health professional who then connects with our ICO Field Lead.
Food relief will be included in this initiative, either in the form of disaster relief or where families and children are food insecure. Nutritional sustainability will be prioritized and could include seed money to raise chickens or farm crops.
Lastly, the Initiative will have the capacity to support other health initiatives to improve the lives of those in most need i.e. wheelchairs to improve independence and mobility or smokeless convection stoves to reduce respiratory health concerns during open-fire cooking.
All requests are brought forward by the ICO Field Lead, following a needs assessment, and prioritized.
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