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  • Start: Amsterdam
  • Finish: Singapore
  • 65.000 euro
  • 59.555 euro raised
  • 16.150 euro cycled

 

The Hospital

It was on the 8th of October 1993, when a jeep fatally wounded “Shyam Daubnadel” his four and a half year old son; Siddhi Sundar Dhaubhadel. He was returning home from school. His last words were: “Please save me, it hurts". Due to inadequate emergency facilities in the city he lives in (Bhaktapur) my wife and me rushed with our wounded son Siddhi, to a hospital in Kathmandu, 45 km away. Siddhi did not survive the hour journey, and died before he could even receive any medical help. The thing Shyam is most sad about is that his son could have survived, had there been a medical facility in Bhaktapur. His tragic loss alerted his wife, Ranjana and himself to the need of a hospital in their city; to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again.

The hospital currently serves an average of 70 patients a day and its out-patient clinic facility serves a neighboring local community on Saturday mornings. It seeks to address the problem of insufficient medical facilities in Bhaktapur, a medieval city located some 50 kilometers from the capital, Kathmandu.
The aim of the hospital is to provide free (!) primary health care to the women and children of the immediate area. Until the hospital was built in 1997 their closest facility was a 30 minute drive by car, however for the vast majority relying on public buses this was an agonizing 2 hour journey.

Your ‘donated distance’ will be spent in two main areas:

  • Items required for the very first operation room now being built in the hospital
  • A 4 week course to train Nepali women as Health Care Workers to go out into the area and help other pregnant women. This is very much needed in this part of Nepal, where newly born babies and their mothers currently live in terrible conditions. For more informations, please see a documentary on Al Jazeera.