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The Dolpo Region is one of the most remote areas oft he world and can only be accessed by foot. There is very limited electricity or other modern amenities. As most villages are quite far away from one another, it is impossible to establish a health station, which is easily accessible for most of the population. Therefore Dolpo is not a popular place to work for doctors and nurses from Nepal and only 2010 the first nurses from Dolpo finished their education and returned to their native place to man health stations continuously.
As there is still no functional hospital in Dolpo, patients need to travel to Kathmandu or Pokhara for operations, x-rays, more specific investigations etc. The DTCF therefore offers a yearly free winterclinic, where people can get free examinations, medicine, vaccines and investigations.
A group of elderly people is being supported through a sponsorship project with monthly pocket money and an apartment, where most of them live together. Generally the DTCF also gives financial aid towards medical expenses incurred by elderly Dolpo people.
„Free Winterclinic“ in Boudha/Kathmandu
During the winter moths many people from Dolpo come down to Kathmandu to escape the harsh winter, but also to receive medical treatment, which they cannot access at home and where Tibetan medicine is not sufficient. About 70% of the population is illiterate and many do not speak Nepali, so going to a regular doctor is impossible without the help of a translator. But even with a translator misunderstandings around the nature of the illness or how the medicine should be taken, can arise.
Therefore the DTCF started the Free Winterclinic in 2008, where health staff from Dolpo assist a doctor. They look after the patients and visit specialist with them etc. This helps the patients to save money and the nurses gain more experience. The Camp also helps to gain some insight about the main health problems in Dolpo. Since 2012 the patients also receive vaccines, for example Hepatitis B and Typhus. Since 2014 also homeopathy and physiotherapy was added.
Costs 2019: 9.200 Euro / 10,300 USD
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Promoting Menstrual Hygiene in Dolpo
In the remote Himalayan region of Dolpo, managing menstruation effectively and with dignity has been challenging for girls and women as it will not need only accessibility to facilities like water and sanitation, but also accessibility of clean clothes and sanitary pads.
Therefore, in collaboration with a volunteer group called “Gompa Dhangpo” in English which means “First Step”, which is initiated by some of the first generation of educated and enthusiastic youths from Chharka Tangshong Rural Municipality, the Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation(DTCF) is arranging to distribute 600 pieces of reusable sanitary pads simultaneously raising awareness on menstruation hygiene practices and also inspiring these underprivileged women and girls to use Eco- sanitary pads which is advantageous from both environmental and financial perspectives.
Costs: 3.625 Euro / 4,000 USD
Medical care for the region of Saldang / Karang / Namdö
During 2015, two nurses called Yangdi Sherpa and Sonam Lama, were sent into Upper Dolpo. Sonam Lama stays mainly in Saldang, which is the largest village in the area. Yangdi Sherpa is stationed in Karang and visits the neighbouing villages like Namdö regularly. The nurses work closely with the local schools and receive food and lodging there.
The DTCF bears the costs for the medicines and their transport, whilst other organisations provide the wages, the food and the medical equipment.
Annual costs: 4.050 Euro / 4,500 USD
Sponsorship for elderly people
The DTCF started a sponsorship programme for elderly people in 2013. At present, the care home has been the residence of four senior citizens and a daughter of one elderly lady, who needs to be with her 74 years visually impaired mother. They cannot return to Dolpo due to health reasons and because of adverse circumstances, they cannot fully support themselves financially. Traditionally the family cares for their older members, but in the case of these people it is not possibly out of various reasons. If the need arises and more sponsors are available, the DTCF will expand the project.
Annual costs: 4.700 Euro / 5,200 USD
Support for traditional Tibetan doctors
Since 2017, the DTCF has been supporting local doctors in the villages of Dho Tarap, Nyisal and Mukot, who still master and apply the methods of traditional Tibetan medicine.
Annual costs: 1.350 Euro / 1,500 USD
Emergency support for medical expenses