Activities

A glimpse of the activities performed by the Women for Women volunteers who work on site in Nepal: 

  • Direct treatment of prolapses in health camps in villages in the countryside
  • Performing operations
  • Providing education and practical training

 

Providing education and practical training is the core of our work. It allows the Nepalese to assume responsibility for the work themselves. We try to make the women and their partners aware of the problem. We do this by training female Nepalese volunteers in the villages. We explain to them that treatment is important and makes very much sense. Special attention is given to preventing a prolapse. In addition, we explain how a prolapse can be treated.

 

See the in-depth overview of the partners we work with and the activities we organise together with them. In addition, we carry out follow-up checks to evaluate the effect of our treatment and to promote research in this area. See our Publications.

 

 

Projects

Health camps

 Health camps are organised in collaboration with our local partners and the local government; they comprise the following components:

  • Community training: During this training, local female Health Volunteers are given information about the problem of prolapse and how a prolapse can be prevented.
  • ­Field camp: A team of medically trained volunteers from Nepal and the Netherlands consisting of family doctors and assistants, trainee gynaecologists and Nepalese nurses hold surgeries in small villages, situated in difficult-to-reach areas.
  • Operations: In a hospital, women who have a medical indication for an operation are operated on by Dutch gynaecologists together with Nepalese trainee gynaecologists. During this process, the basic principles of the operation are transferred. Advanced trainee gynaecologists are assisted where needed when independently performing operations.

 

Registration and follow up

During the field camps, details about all of the women are recorded and entered into a database to facilitate evaluation and follow-up checks. All of the previously treated women are invited to return and the result of the treatment is evaluated.

 

Educational activities

  • Training is offered at all levels during the field camps: local people, but also trainee gynaecologists. The training is concluded with a test. Certificates are issued to trainees who display sufficient knowledge and skill.
  • Scholarships: Women for Women makes scholarships available to ten young women, who do not have an income, to study to become a nurse. Where possible, these nurses work with us in the field camps.
  • Gynaecologists: Collaboration has been established with the government training hospital in Kathmandu for gynaecology/obstetrics, the Paropakar Maternity Hospital. Trainee gynaecologists do work placement during field work and the operation programme. During the Women for Women visits, Dutch gynaecologists give lectures to senior gynaecologists and students. Presentations are given during the annual congress of the Nepalese gynaecologist association.

 

  Support to the gynaecological department

   We have entered into cooperative agreements with hospitals including the Dhulikhel Hospital, the Scheer Memorial Hospital and the Manmohan Hospital. Support is given in the form of training to operate together and financing.

 

  Supporting research

   Research into various aspects of the problem of prolapse is actively supported and supervised.

 

  Supporting local organisations

   On request, programmes are carried out and/or technical and/or financial support is given to Nepalese organisations.

 

Locations

Dhading district (three-year plan 2012-2015), Sunsari district, various villages in the Sindupalchwok district, hospitals in Banepa, Dhulikhel and Kathmandu.

 

 

All projects are carried out with local partners with RHEST being our most important partner. Our Nepalese programme coordinator Deepti Khakurel coordinates the projects and is guided in this by the Steering Committee Nepal for Women for Women.