On previous fact finding missions, BABU staff and volunteers noted a glaring lack of access to primary care in rural areas. This gap is in part exacerbated by the lack of incentives for urban physicians to practice in rural areas. As a result, in the Summer of 2011, BABU embarked on an ambitious project: to empower and enable urban Nepali physicians to provide primary care to rural areas in the form of 1-2 day relief missions. During these missions, BABU would provide the salary to a physician, nurse, pharmacist, and other staff, as well as hiring a vehicle and a driver, plus the cost of all drugs and supplies.
BABU continues to provide rural relief in Pharping
BABU volunteers completed another successful rural relief mission at the Pharping health centre. Alongside staff from IFCH, Canadian and Belgian volunteers assisted in assessing and providing care for 73 children over the course of the 1-day camp. Volunteers also had the opportunity to spend some time with the children, teaching them how to wash their hands and playing games while they waited and after care.
BABU’s first successful rural health relief mission
In close collaboration with the staff at the International Friendship Children’s Hospital (IFCH), BABU was able to organize its first rural health relief mission in February of 2012. This mission took part at the Pharping health centre, approximately 30Km outside of Kathmandu. The relief day was announced a week in advance and attracted villagers from many miles around. The Clinic ran from 8am – 4pm, and staff provided primary care to a total of 80 pediatric patients.
The cost of a one-day relief package ranges from about $500 to $1000 and will consist of the following:
- Transportation to and from the community
- Salaries for physician, nurses, pharmacist, driver
- Basic Equipment
- Blood pressure sets
- Tongue depressor
- Vaginal speculum
- Disposable gloves and mouth masks
- Basic Pharmaceuticals
Trips would initially run 5 to 6 times per year, with each trip addressing basic primary health care needs of approximately 100 to 300 locals.
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