Monday, December 14, 2015

December 2015 Health Calendar

We wish all of our friends and supporters a happy and healthy December
as you look forward to a happy and health 2016!

If you've been neglecting your health, remember that it's never too late to begin a health program!

Click on the below photo credit links for some advice!

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Catchy Tips For Teaching Healthy Habits
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Back to our health calendar news.
This December there were two international health awareness days.

December 1 was World Aids Day

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People don't want to talk about HIV or AIDS, but it needs to be talked about.
It's not going away.  Young people need to learn about it.

Here are Nepal's statistics from the National Center for AIDS and STD Control as of Ashad 2072:

The United Nations has an interesting article, along with links, about the need
to educate our adolescents about this and other similar issues.

Make sure your teens are not "in the dark."  Come in for an informational talk with a doctor if you have questions and bring your teens in.  This is too important to dismiss as not needed.

December 3 was the International Day of 
Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
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Here's an interesting and informative article about disabilities in Nepal:
Thank you and also Abhilasha Bhatta Karakheti, author,
from the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare of Nepal.

If you want to read the online census report from 2011 of persons with disabilities in Nepal,
click here:

Now, as we finish 2015, let's look forward to making 2016 a wonderful year!
You can do it!

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Have a happy and healthy week!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Earthquake--Part 16: Preemies, Part 2

Welcome!  We hope you're having a nice day.

Our news:
Yes, we still have earthquake stories.
Yes, we are still having aftershocks.
Yes, the country is still in crisis due to a fuel blockade.
Yes, as always. we appreciate prayers!!!
Yes, we also appreciate the support of our donors who give us the ability to help those in need.
Yes, we are thankful to the Lord for His blessings!

Now, for today, we bring you another earthquake story.

If you were able to read, you will already be aware of the fact that under stressful situations, pregnant women are susceptible to giving birth prematurely.  If you missed it, you may want to check out some of the interesting links in that post on this topic.

Here is story of Munamai, Shakti, and their darling son.

April 25, 2015, had started out as a normal spring Saturday for the young couple.
Shakti had gone to his tailor shop to work.

This is not his tailor shop, but it is similar, like many tailor shops around the country.

Pregnant Munamai stayed at home with the other ladies in the family.
They went about their daily housewifely chores, as housewives do everywhere.
These pictures are not of their house, but it was similar, like many houses in Nepal.

Shakti came home for lunch.  Here is a typical Nepali meal.

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Back at his shop, Shakti surveyed his work station and started back on the project he had been working on before lunch.  Suddenly, to his horror, just before noon, a loud boom sounded

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and the earth started quaking and shaking and the buildings started falling down.  Like everyone in Nepal, his first reaction was, "This can't be happening."  However, it was happening and he ran to his house as fast as he could and with bricks falling on top of him, he rushed inside.  He found Munamai on the ground, bleeding from the mouth, and grasping for something to hang onto.  Without thinking, he threw himself on top of her and covered her body while the roof caved in on his slender back.

Here is their real house:

As you may have heard, it wasn't just one earthquake and that was it.  It keep going and going,
and in fact, as mentioned above, aftershocks are still continuing.

If you want to see the frequency, check out this website:

This link is to Page 5, which is actually the first page.  (Go back to the earlier pages to see the most current aftershocks.)  You can see how often there were aftershocks above 4 on the Richter Scale.  Of course, there were, and still are many, under 4, which are not listed.  Here are some of the times for those of you who don't have time to look:  11:56, 12:23, 12:30, 12:41, 12:53, and so on.

OK, back to Shakti and Munamai's story.

During the first brief lull, Shakti pulled himself off of Munamai.
"How are you Honey?"
"I don't know," Munamai said as she held her hands on her tummy where her precious cargo was.
At that moment, as if to say, "I'm OK Mommy and Daddy," the baby kicked for the first time!

Yes!  The baby was OK!  They hugged as best as they could in their difficult circumstance.

However, they were trapped inside and in grave danger.  Some of Shakti's relatives were also trapped inside with them.  They tried to dig themselves out, but it was impossible.  They would need help.


During the continued aftershocks, many of them very strong, all able-bodied villagers and policemen, knowing their own lives were in danger, started digging out trapped people from every building, even as the aftershocks continued tearing down their village and life as they knew it.

This is not their village, but it was one of the many that was completely destroyed.

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Click the photo credit link to see more pictures of this heartbreak and many brave people.

After four hours, Shakti, Munamai, and the others in the house were rescued.
This picture is used with their permission.

One of the relatives, obviously not pictured here, was dead.
When Munamai heard the news, she fainted.

The whole village waited for help to come.  Their food supplies were buried.  They tried to wrap up the injured with cloths the best they could.  Two days later some medical personnel arrived along with food and water.  You can only imagine how relieved they were.  Everyone had been very concerned about Munamai and the baby.  If she became dehydrated, it could be devastating.

After knowing his wife was fed and had water, Shakti made his way to the village where her parents and family were.  Three of them were dead.

He went back to tell the news to his wife and comfort her as best as he could.  Along with the rest of the village, they slept outside and tried to decide what to do.

Then the landslides started.

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It was time to leave their beloved home and village where everything they knew and loved was gone.
It wasn't any easy decision, but there was no choice.  There was nothing to show where they had started their marriage with all their hopes and dreams except for rubble.

They found a room in Bhaktapur, down the road, and decided upon Scheer Memorial Hospital.
Munamai came for prenatal check-ups.  Now hypertensive, she went into labor one month early
and needed an emergency C-section.  The brave young couple welcomed a precious baby boy into the world, who ended up spending 16 days in our neonatal intensive care unit.

This is one of the many areas of the hospital that relies on generous donations!

After about a month, the baby was declared well enough to go home, and the family went back to their new home in Bhaktapur, to begin a new life from all they had ever known.  They know that we wish them, and all of our patients, all the best.

At this time, we must thank all of our supporters without whom we could not operate.
We could not offer the necessary medical help that is so desperately needed here.
You will never know how much your kindness helps those in need.
Their gratefulness, and ours too, knows no bounds.


If you'd like to donate, please go to our website:
and click "Make a Donation."  You will find the tax deductible instructions there.


Prayers are greatly appreciated too!

Have a nice day.

Monday, November 30, 2015

November 2015 Health Calendar

Where did November go?

We hope that your November was a healthy one.

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For many people, they smiled, but their eyes may have told the truth--
they were fighting for their lives.

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If you click the above link, you will find devastating statistics.

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Read more here, from the National Cancer Institute in the U.S.:

The Nepal Cancer Relief Society has a very comprehensive website full of information.

To learn more, has a very thorough website also full of information,
including symptoms and a slide show.

Worldwide GERD Awareness Week is in November.

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What is GERD?  Read the above link and the one below to find out.

If anyone you knows suffers from this, please come in and find out which treatment is best for them.
This news CBS article describes why being under a doctor's care is so important.

Diabetes Awareness is also during November.

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Click on the above link to find out about Diabetes.

Do you know the symptoms?
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The above Hindustan Times article is very comprehensive about this silent killer.

Do you know the risk factors?

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Click on the above Best Real Health link for more information.

Here is Nepal's page on the International Diabetes Federation of South-East Asia:

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Click the link
for more information about the Nepal Diabetes Association.

Here is their website:

We always recommend visiting your doctor if you have any health questions.
If you live nearby, come on in!  We're here to help!

To close, how about this?
It certainly doesn't hurt to keep your brain healthy!

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Have a wonderful and healthy day!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Earthquake--Part 15: Preemies, Part 1

Earthquake--Part 15:  Preemies Part 1

What did preemies have to do with the earthquake?
Read here to find out more:

and here:

and here:

Yes, these problems existed for months after the earthquake and for each couple and their families involved, it was a very big issue to deal with as you can imagine.

Here is a little darling baby girl born recently and her parents.

She was born at 33 weeks.

To find out more about premature babies and their births, read here:

Back to our story:  This precious tiny baby was not only a preemie, she was born in an ambulance!

After the trauma of the earthquake, the family carried on as best as they could.

To see a picture post of how people still are coping, head on over to
where you will find an ABC Australia news article from CARE International's
Brian Sokol in which he shows you life in a village in Dhading District,
which is typical of many places in Nepal.  You can imagine how life is for pregnant women.

Two times this young mother came in for prenatal checkups.  We commend her for that.  Not all pregnant women make it to a prenatal visit.  In 1991, 15.4% of pregnant women had prenatal care.  In 2011, it was 58.3%!  Great news, but still a ways to go!  This information came from

Click below to read this interesting and informative article from The Atlantic.

"Our" preemie you see above was the second baby for her young mother, named Maya, who as you
know by now, found herself traumatized in her early pregnancy.  One day, after her second prenatal visit, she started having quite a bit of pain that did not let up, and then she started bleeding.  Her husband called for a taxi and his mother joined them for the ride.  It was a very difficult moment for the young family.  You can only imagine their distress.  The taxi driver stepped up to the plate and drove as quickly as he could while keeping the car as steady as possible.

Along the way, Maya screamed, "The baby is coming!"  Her husband screamed, "Stop the taxi!"  The driver immediately pulled over.  Grandma took over and delivered the baby.  She had eight children, six of whom lived.  She had helped at other births, like many Nepali women do.

This interesting story from National Public Radio has lots of pictures:
(Hold your cursor on the picture to read about each one.)  

As soon as Maya's daughter was born, with the placenta still inside, Grandma wrapped the baby in her shawl and the driver took off as quickly and carefully as he could.  Upon arrival at our hospital, Maya was quickly taken care of

 and Little Nanu (baby girl) was put under pediatrician Dr. Arun Gupta's care.

Dr. Arun made the following statement,  "Nanu weighed 1.4 kg. (3.09 lbs.) and had RDS--Respiratory Distress Syndrome."  You can read about this condition in this Medicine Plus article:

Dr. Arun continued, "She had no energy to breastfeed and was on tube feeding until she weighed
1.5 kg.  She continued to progress, much to the delight of her family, and those of us taking care of her.  We are happy to report that she is now at home and enjoying a happy babyhood!"

Thanks to the generous support of those who make donations, we were able to provide medical service to Little Nanu and are able to provide medical service to all of our patients,
most of whom need financial assistance.

If you have helped, we thank you again!

If you would like to help, here is the link to the donation page on our website:

Of course, the best help anyone could give us is to keep us in your prayers!

Stay tuned for Premmies, Part 2


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Friday, October 30, 2015

October 2015 Health Calendar

Did you have a healthy October?
If so, you are lucky!

However, many people around the world did not have a healthy October, or in fact a healthy year.
Next year is promising to be a difficult too for those suffering with health problems.

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Did you know...

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One in eight???  Those are pretty serious odds.

Here is an interesting article from the Journal of Chitwan Medical College 
about cancer prevalence in Nepal.  

This Journal of the Nepal Medical Association discusses the management of 
breast cancer in Nepal, which is Nepal's second most common malignancy.
This is a very important article.

Ladies, when was the last time you had a female check-up?
Men, when was the last time the ladies in your life had a female check-up?
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Mammograms are one way to detect breast cancer.
Are you or your loved ones up-to-date?

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Breast self-exam is extremely important!!!
Do you know about this?

Here's an ADULTS ONLY please section of
which explains this.

We recommend browsing this whole website for all the important information there.

Have questions?
Come in for a Question & Answer session with one of our gynecologists.
No question is too small!

Do you know what Rett Syndrome is?  
If not, you can learn about it now.
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Read the above photo credit link to find out more.

Here is an informative fact sheet from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke:

Would you like to read about Rett Syndrome in Nepal?
Check out this article from The Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society.

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What is SIDS?
It's a devastating occurrence.
The acronym stands for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
It's too awful to think about, but we must and everyone should be aware of this because it does occur.

Read about it here:

This "Safe to Sleep" article from The National Institute of Health has lots of information 
as well as links to more information.

Have questions?
Our pediatricians are happy to answer them.  
Come in for a Q & A (Question and Answer) session.

Have a nice day and stay happy and healthy!
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See you in November!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 2015 Health Calendar

Welcome to our September Health Calendar.

It´s very serious and very important. 

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Click on the above link to read about these devastating diseases.

Here are some of the symptoms of leukemia...

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Click the above link to read more about symptoms, types, and causes.
These are not things you want to ignore.

Don´t hesitate to come in for a question and answer session for any questions you have.

The following webmd article is also very informative.

Yes, there is a Nepal Cancer Relief Society.

Visit their website here...

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
has a very interesting article about leukemia and also lymphona that you can read here.

If you want to learn more about lymphoma, you can read these Wikipedia articles...
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You will note that there are two main cateries of lymphomas.
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These are not something you want to mess around with.

Please be vigilant with your health!

Are you eating any cancer fighting foods...
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Have a happy and healthy day!

Stay tuned for more news!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 2015 Health Calendar--Part 2

Do you know what this is?

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It's psoriasis--not a fun condition as you can imagine.
Click on the photo credit link above for information and more pictures.

August is World Psoriasis Awareness Month.

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This disease not only takes its toll physically, it also takes its toll emotionally and financially.
 This link:

gives you links to blogs by real people living with psoriasis.
Reading their stories can give you insight about how it is to live with disease and how they cope.

Do people in Nepal suffer with psoriasis?  Of course.
This case study from the Kathmandu University Medical Journal is interesting:

The following link is to an article from Gulf News which explains the emotional impact of psoriasis. 
If we understand this emotional impact, and accompanying depression and social stigma
some people are living with, we can be a help and support to them.

Guselkumab was more effective than adalimumab for psoriasis.
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Click the above photo credit link to find out even more information about the depression that can occur for psoriasis sufferers.  (You will also find many other interesting articles there.)

Your friends and loved ones who may be suffering with any medical problem will appreciate
all of your care, concern, and support!  Kindness is never overrated!

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To end with, we leave this link:
which is FULL of many interesting health tips!  At the bottom, there's a link to Page 2!
Quiz yourself and see how many you already knew!

 Have a safe and healthy day, week, month, year, and life!