Healthcare Projects

The Himalayan Healing Centre Clinic situated in the outskirts of Kathmandu in Nepal, is active since 1993, providing minimal cost healthcare to the poorest and most needy of the local population. The Clinic offers allopathic medicine alongside traditional Himalayan medicine and is composed of five consultation rooms offering general medicine, dental care, family planning and reproductive health services, as well as facilities for ophthalmology, ENT and homeopathy. The Clinic has a full-time Nepalese staff.

The Clinic also acts as a base for important community health programmes promoted by Nepal’s Ministry of Health such as: the Dots (Directly Observed Treatments) for patients with tuberculosis; the national campaign against polio, still common in some areas, and the vitamin A programme. The diet of many poor families in Nepal consists almost exclusively of rise and lentils and is therefore lacking in many essential vitamins such as vitamin A that can cause serious health problems including blindness. This vitamin is now administered periodically to children and is sufficient to avoid a lot of suffering.
The Clinic also participates in immunization programmes that aim to protect children against preventable disease such as polio, hepatitis and measles and organizes health camps in areas where there is a lack of facilities.

In 2010, the Clinic offered medical care to approximately 9,000 people for a minimal charge or completely free in cases of extreme hardship.

The Clinic needs funds to buy medicines and equipment, as well as to continue financing educational healthcare activities in the local community.

 

The Association is dedicated to the creation and upkeep of Medical Dispensaries in remote areas of Tibet. There is little medical assistance in the villages: people still die from easily curable diseases and are left disabled from simple fractures left untreated. It is not easy to reach the city hospitals due to the lack of public transport and then many people are unable to pay for treatment. Sicknesses such as tuberculosis, skin infections and cataracts (resulting in blindness due to the strong sunlight and lack of hygiene) are widespread.

With funds from Lama Gangchen Help in Action medical dispensaries in Gangchen, Singma, Shishung and another 5 villages of the region have been constructed and are today functioning.

In 2007, the Association built an extension to Nye Clinic (the largest medical structure in the area) to enable residential facilities to sick people who are unable to travel to receive treatment. The Clinic also received funds to purchase necessary furniture and euipment. In 2008, solar panels were installed in the Clinic.

The Association also funds the small, but very popular, Tibetan medical dispensary of Gangchen Monastery. Help also reaches the clinic of Tashi Lumpo Monastery in Shigatse, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. The monk doctors of this clinic receive around 150 patients each day from the surrounding area and treat them all for a symbolic charge.

 

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