Exploring trip

The reconnaissance trip to Nepal, conducted by Karol Cadelski in August and September 2015, assumed three goals. The most important of them was to recognize the effects of the earthquake that hit the country on April 25, 2015 and to analyze the possibility of helping the victims along with the selection of places and addressees of this action. The second goal was to get acquainted with the functioning and accessibility to the medical care system in a country characterized by a low level of socio-economic development. The last task was to get acquainted with the Nepali educational system, including while conducting a series of first aid trainings and other medical and health-related issues among children and adolescents.

To implement the above plans, a number of activities were carried out. Contact was established with the Nepalese university, schools, institutions and non-governmental organizations. When visiting major cities and some rural regions, the level of damage was estimated and documented. On the occasion of visits to health centers located in the mountains, the medical standards in force there were recognized and data on the health and needs of local residents were collected. The whole stay was full of experiences allowing to get acquainted with local customs and culture.

It was possible, among other elements, through everyday contact with a group of children and young people during classes at the Srongsten Bhrikuti Boarding High School. In total, about 400 students were trained there. The issues discussed included first aid, functioning of the female reproductive system, menstruation, family planning, natural and artificial methods of contraception, as well as prevention and management of common diseases such as tuberculosis, rabies, HIV / AIDS or gastrointestinal infections. It has been observed that the deficit of this type of knowledge is very common, and its supplement will undoubtedly positively influence the future of young people at the threshold of adulthood.

With the help of a letter of recommendation from the Vice-Rector of the Nicolaus Copernicus University for Collegium Medicum Ludwika Rydigiera in Bydgoszcz - prof. dr. hab. Jan Styczyński we established cooperation with Nepal Medical Collage, Kathmandu University and then with the non-governmental organization Our Attempt Towards Health supported by this university. With the help of its members, we managed to implement the most difficult part of the reconnaissance trip - reach the village of Piskar in the district of Sindhupalchowk and collect data on the health needs of its inhabitants.

This region is one of the most affected by the cataclysms. According to official statistics, 95% of buildings were destroyed there, usually together with schools, health centers and infrastructure in the form of electricity, water supply and road networks. The village of Piskar - the place of residence of 5000 people - was in the same situation. All of its inhabitants lost their homes, and despite the passage of a few months after the quake, they still lived in makeshift shelters built of corrugated metal and planets. The school building, attended by 350 children, was also completely demolished. A similar fate was met by the local health center - its function was taken over by a tent with an area of ​​10m2. The most basic equipment and medicines were missing. His staff consisted of one person - Health Assistant Amanraj Paryiar.

The results of the reconnaissance trip became the basis for developing the assumptions of A Chance for Nepal project from 2016.