Dinesh Kumar Tamang, Chairman of the Lapa Health Centre committee, took part in the first CGLF Youth Gathering two years ago. Remembering our committmment to social action, which formed a core part of the Gathering discussions, he came to visit our Boudha office to ask CGLF for help.
Lapa is three days walk from Dhola VDC, in Dhading district, high up in the hills where no road goes. Fifty five households lost their homes in the earthquake, so 306 homeless people journeyed down to Dhola to seek shelter. Coming down was a shock. The change of climate, the earthquake and stress of the move has brought allergies and skin diseases not suffered before. Living in tarpaulin sheters has led to colds, diarrhoea, headache, fever and pneumonia – which, without supplies of antibiotics, has already led to the death of one teenage member of the community.
Luckily, with them came the staff of the Lapa health centre who lost their building too. From two small tents the team of a nurse and a community medicine assistant now struggle to treat problems resulting from the move to a lower altitude.
The tiny community health centre was affiliated to the government district health office in Dhading. They used to receive 35 items of medical supplies every 4 months. Now, after the relocation, they are left without government support and have been seeking supplies wherever they can.
Using contributions from SIngapore and locally purchased medicines, CGLF were delighted to send Dinesh back to Dhola with supplies, among them, antibiotics, pain relief and cough medicine – and words of gratiitude and admiration for the medical team and their supporters who have been keeping up their excellent work in very difficult circumstances.