Community based management of non-communicable diseases (COBIN)
While communicable diseases appeared to decline, we are observing rapid increase of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in many low and middle-income countries including Nepal. Majority of the people living in such countries could not afford highly expensive treatment of non-communicable diseases. Among such diseases, hypertension confers the highest attributable risk to mortality and morbidity from cardiovascular disease. For example, people with high blood pressure should take their medicine everyday. How people can afford such expensive treatment whose income is even less than a dollar a day? So, we need something, which will be accessible and affordable to everyone. Thus NEDS is implementing a project, “Community-based management of non-communicable diseases (COBIN) in Nepal” in collaboration with Center for Global Health, Aarhus University.
Earthquake Related Relief and Reconstruction Activities
NEDS is actively involving on relief and reconstruction activities immediately after the April’s mega-earthquake in Nepal. We have organized health camps, supplies relief aids such as tarpaulins, rice, blankets, hygiene kit etc in Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Kavrepalanchowk and Rasuwa. NEDS is currently supporting 20 schools located in Manbu and Hansapur VDC of Gorkha District for building temporary learning centers. It has received support from Medico International, Health Foundation, We Care Act and individual donations.
NEDS is providing support in terms of overall co-ordination, planning and implementation of the FAPPEN research project “Prevention of Vegetable Farmers’ Exposure to Pesticides with Existing Personal Protective Equipment in Chitwan District of Nepal” on the initiative of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Copenhagen University Hospital and International Center for Occupational Environmental and Public Health in the period of 2014/2015.
Documentary on Non-communicable diseases
A video about non-communicable diseases in Nepal has been prepared and shared via YouTube. The aim of the video was to share information about the increasing prevalence of lifestyle diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes and also advocate about possibility of implementing community-based approach on such initiatives. We have aim of preparing a high-resolution video in near future.
Support Malati in 2nd Round of Cancer Treatment
Malati Neupane is suffering from blood cancer and currently under treatment in BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, Chitwan, Nepal. Her treatment requires two round of chemotherapy for approximately two years. For her family, accessing Cancer treatment was hardly possible due to their poor financial status. Thanks to the generous support of people through NEDS, collected funds (NRs 150,000) supported her in receiving first line of treatment. She has now been lot better. However, she still requires second round of chemotherapy and treatment. She wants to fight against the cancer and complete her education. She has a dream of becoming a Doctor and serving people with cancer. She is waiting us–the people with generous heart and helping hands to support her in second round of treatment.
Helping hands has already started showing up. But still she needs more to complete her fight against cancer. We want to acknowledge and appreciate following individuals who provided support to Malati in second round of treatment.
Rojina=200 DKK, Ranjila=200 DKK, Rupesh=250 DKK, Srijana=300 DKK, Bishal=250 DKK
You can be the next. Deposit your donation to Nepal Development Society Account Number: 194-25240200385,SBI Bank Limited, Narayangarh Branch, Nepal. And send the recepit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEDS conducted another fund raiser for treatment support of Hari (name changed) in September 2014. Hari is suffering from severe psychiatric illness since four years. His family members were not able to take him to hospital due to economic reasons. NEDS collected 150000 NRS from individuals, organizations and also anonymous donations were received. He is now under treamtnet in Kathmandu.
NEDS supported schools in Nepal
Nine kilograms of lego, child games made in Denmark, were distributed to kids in two schools of Kathmandu. Similarly, at a different event, Danish volunteers distributed books and exercise notes to over 140 students in Arunodaya Lower Secondary School, Hasanpur VDC-03 in Kaski under the leadership of NEDS. Also, a laptop was provided to the library in the same occasion.
At the handover ceremony, a teacher said, “We don’t even have a single computer in the school. Many of our students even have not seen a computer in their life…Now, I think we can use this (Laptop) to conduct computer literacy classes”
Study on Social Determinants of NCDs
NEDS Health Team Member Sudesh Raj Sharma, is leading a project on Social Determinants of NCDs in Nepal. In Nepal, more than half of the disease burden is due to NCDs. Information on social determinants of NCD is essential to facilitate the design of appropriate health promotion strategies and community-based interventions. The objective of this research is to identify the social determinants of health for the prevention of NCD (four common NCDs and their risk factors) in the context of Nepal using systems thinking approach.This will aid in the development and improvement of complex intervention for NCD prevention for the Nepalese context.