Now that such a beautiful school building has been built, the village development committee [Village Development Committee=VDC] has asked whether the foundation can also support the setting up of a medical support center and birth center. A small medical (emergency) support center has recently opened with limited opening times. For real medical care, one has to rely on hospitals in surrounding places, a 3 to 4 hour walk away. For pregnant women, it is a challenge to walk for more than two hours through fields and mountains to the nearest birth center (or travel one to three hours by truck).
It is the intention that this support center will be set up in collaboration with the existing clinic, where a small hospital is now also being built. All this under the direction of Dr. Uddave Koirala.
The medical support center will be the Managaun location, a plot of government land in the vicinity of the school is available for this. The local government [VDC] will also guarantee the medical personnel, the salaries and all operating costs.
The goal is 24 hour medical service every day.
a) For whom: community and especially pregnant women of Shailung VDC
b) Size of the group: In Shailung VDC = Shailungeshwar is a village development committee of 8 villages in Dolakha district in Janakpur zone of northeast Nepal.
A total of more than 13,000 inhabitants in an area of 100 km2
Reach Medical Support Center Managaun[VDC] approximately 3000 inhabitants
c) The needs: building 6 rooms for medical and maternity support, temporary admission, 2 staff accommodation, storage of medicines + equipment and technical space.
During the visit, there was also consultation with the former, sitting and incoming presidents of the Rotary Kathmandu mid-town to discuss support for the Medical Center Managaun. People are positive about it and we will jointly find out to what extent we can work together with Rotarians in the Netherlands and Germany to realize good support.
Three days after the opening of the school, Makkar, Krishna and Jan visited mr. Rameshwor Upreti to view the medical center, in what we call Sailung mid-town, and to discuss the desired support for expanding the medical support post near the school. This should develop into a fully-fledged medical support post and birth center which will be occupied 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
The Health post in “mid town” (Sailungeshwar) was donated by Unicef in 2018. A small hospital is currently being built to further expand medical care in the region. There's even a helicopter landing pad. The plan is to have 3 full-fledged satellite posts from the central medical post, with the post at the school being the furthest away from the central post with a 2 hour walk.
A piece of land is available and the VDC has formally asked if the Ton Memorial School Sailung Foundation can provide a building there. VDC will take care of the occupation and exploitation.
The school board, community and construction team have indicated that they would be happy to commit themselves to the realization of the Medical Support Center if we can get the sponsorship of the project.
The TMSS also hopes for your financial support so that we can give the green light for the start of this new project in mid-2022.
the construction drawings have already been made available by VDC. This is based on living spaces for 2 nurses on the top floor and a delivery room, a sick room, toilet room, doctor's office, storage room and technical room on the ground floor.