NEDS is implementing an implementation research to explore a possible model for community-based intervention on major non-communicable diseases in Nepal since 2013.The project is targeting four major non-communicable diseases: hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and cancer. This research project is carried out in close collaboration with Aarhus University, Denmark, John Hopkins University, USA and the University of New South Wales Australia.
Prevention of Farmers’ exposure to pesticides with relevant personal protective equipment (FAPPEN) was a randomized crossover study on prevention of farmers’ exposure to pesticides with locally adapted personal protective equipment in Chitwan District. It was conducted from 2013-2015.
NEDS responded almost as the ‘first aid workers’ in this village.Just after 2 days after the earthquake, NEDS reached the village with 130 tarpaulins, 65 blankets, 6 sacks of bitten rice and several utensils along with necessary first aid medical items. NEDS again responded to the call of villagers for additional tents and mattresses with 154 tents and 65 m of mattress. Again with increasing demand of villagers, NEDS brought the third round of relief with 170 sacks of rice and 70 blankets. Staff members and volunteers of NEDS had worked tirelessly to provide relief materials to the people affected not just in Hansapur VDC or Gorkha district but also in districts like Dhading, Rasuwa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchwok and Dolakha. NEDS has so far distributed over1500 tarps, 1000 blankets, 700 mattresses and 700 sacks of rice after the earthquake.
The School Health Program- Save Our Heart (“Aafno Muto Bachoo”) was implemented in 12 government schools (From class 8 to 12) of PokharaLekhnath valley from February to September 2016. The main aim of the project was to aware school children on prevention of major cardiovascular diseases (CVD) risk factors.For this, we conducted one-day orientation program to the stakeholders and two days training for all selected schools teachers and then we supervised trained teacher for taking classes to the students. In that program, we published and distributed more than 6500 of “Aafno Muto Bacho” book to the all selected students. The book covers various topic especially related for the prevention of CVD. Our monitoring and supervision officer supervised the teacher and visited all classes to make more successful of this program. The final evaluation of this program was conducted through quiz contest on the auspicious occasion of World Heart Day. The various levels of evaluation results showed that most of the students are aware of CVD prevention and they are able to provide CVD preventive health education at family and community level. The response of this project was very good. We got appreciation from schools, parents and other stakeholders. Now, we are also planning to conduct this program in remaining other government schools in PokharaLekhnath Metropolitan City.
The International Society of Hypertension (ISH) has identified increased awareness as a key issue in the fight against raised Blood Pressure (BP). Thus, in collaboration with them, NEDS is implementing a population-based survey for measuring blood pressure of over 2000 population in Nepal.
For more information: http://ish-world.com/news/a/May-Measurement-Month-Get-Involved-Now/
A free dental check-up and awareness camp has been successfully completed at Hansapur VDC of Pokhara in coordination with the University of California-Berkeley, Jevaia Foundation Pokhara and Nepal Development Society (NEDS) on December 24, 2016. Likewise, NEDS supported general health camps in Lothar and Kaule, Chitwan organized by District Development Office and District Public Health.