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Combating COVID-19

    COVID-19 Situation in Nepal

    SARS-CoV-2, which causes the newly described coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has affected millions of people worldwide, including Nepal.

    During the second wave, hospitals were overcrowded with increasing cases of infections, and most hospitals were reeling under a shortage of oxygen and ventilators. As a result, many hospitals stopped admitting new patients.

    Because of poor road connectivity in most mountainous regions of Nepal, the only way to ferry Covid-19 patients to better health facilities in cities with available beds was by chartering helicopters. However, the rescue of patients was a mammoth task requiring specialized skills and resources.

    Daily wage earners made several days journey on foot to walk home as they lost their work due to the prolonged prohibitory orders as an attempt to break the chain of transmission. As a result, many of the children suffered from multiple deprivations, including a lack of access to nutritious food and to education.

    The below visuals displays data on COVID-19 cases.

    979278

    Total Cases

    12

    New Cases 

    967233

    Recovered

    11952

    Total Deaths

    Reference: Ministry of Health and Population. Last updated on: June 14, 2022. 

    Siddhasthali and Mountain Heart Nepal Response

    Oxygen Concentrators from Direct Relief
    We received oxygen concentrators from Direct Relief, which was distributed to the health facilities in rural Nepal.

    The donation came at an extremely opportune time, as the transmission of the virus had continued to increase. 

    To date, Direct Relief has provided 200 oxygen concentrators amidst many other types of medical equipment to support patient care in the current COVID-19 situation in Nepal.

    Read more about the donation from Direct Relief.
    Supporting distribution of medical aid

    Watch the video link below to see how our parent organisation Mountain Heart Nepal brought oxygen concentrators to rural communities in less than no time during an emergency. The costs of air transport were supported by the local government. 

    Oxygen Plant at Siddhasthali

    To address the need for a shortage of oxygen in our community, we set up an oxygen manufacturing plant at Siddhasthali Rural Community Hospital. The plant produced oxygen-filled cylinders which were distributed to government hospitals and people in need. Read more about the oxygen shortages from Direct Relief

    Free Helpline Service

    We established Toll-Free Helpline Service for COVID-19 patients. We employed a field community counsellor who attended phone calls and made follow-ups to COVID-19 patients and their family members on home quarantine. The counsellor provided non-clinical advice, practical support and counselling including details about the isolation period and what contacts should do if they have or develop symptoms of COVID-19. Read more about the helpline service from Rotary Great Britain and Ireland. 

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    Medical Assistance for Air Transport
    At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors from our parent organisation- Mountain Heart Nepal assisted in the urgent transfer of COVID-19 patients.

    Due to the difficult terrain in the mountains, the only way to transport Covid-19 patients to better health facilities in cities with available beds for time-critical medical intervention was by chartering helicopters. Our highly trained medical providers chipped in to provide safe transfer of patients. More on the visit: On the Ground
    Providing Food Assistance
    Continuous rainfall during the Monsoon season in 2021 unleashed floods and landslides in various parts of Nepal. The economic and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 combined with the impact of floods presented an unprecedented challenge to public health and survival.

    During the time, we offered help to the flood-affected Myagdi and Manang district of Gandaki Province by providing flood relief supplies including food parcels.
    Food Assistance
    The accelerated disruption in the Nepalese economy by the COVID-19 outbreak and continuous lockdown led to desperation for food. Particularly workers who work on a daily basis were affected and struggled to meet their daily needs. They faced the reality of not being able to have enough nutrition for their families.

    We sent an SOS to our partner organizations. With their support, we provided emergency food parcels to 470 marginalized groups and daily wage workers who lacked the income to buy food for their households.