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VIN Community Health & Medical Care program aims to improve the health of the community through education, health services and public health improvements. According to their interests, volunteers can be involved with a number of different projects, according to their interests and the needs of the community at that time.

VIN supports the local health post by providing medical staff, a nurse and a doctor. Volunteers and interns help out in the clinic, reviewing patients who attend the clinic, helping the staff at the health post and providing ongoing training for the staff. The health post is open every day, but the doctor works there 3 days a week.

The Community Health Education is the most sustainable way in which VIN can improve health, and education is at the heart of all the community health projects. We run various sessions, for women's groups, children's groups, youth groups and at schools. These are developed by volunteers according to the current needs within the community. Volunteers then run these sessions, with the help of translators where needed.

Many of the health problems within this community stem from a lack of basic hygiene facilities, and practices such as open defecation. Hence, VIN has supported toilet construction within the community, and recent research has shown significant benefits achieved through this project. Many homes still lack toilets, and volunteers are involved in the construction, maintenance and related education to encourage behavioural changes.

These projects are evaluated through health research, which guides the direction of the community health programme. Volunteers are involved in designing and conducting health surveys and research, with the help of VIN staff.

Working with VIN as a community health volunteer, provides an unique opportunity to understand and work with this friendly and enthusiastic community.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE:
Program: Health / Medical Care
Project: Community Health
Start Dates: 1st and 15th of each month
Language Requirements: English (Basic Nepali is provided)
Food and Accommodation: Nepali Standard at host the family in working community
Key Activities: shadow doctor at health post, conduct awareness programs on health and hygiene, First Aid to local youth, women, children clubs, conducting medical camps
Beneficiaries: local women, children, youth, teachers and other community people in general
Working Hours: 3 to 5 hours a day / 5 to 6 days a week
Required Qualifications and Skills: Medical / public health background either currently studying or practicing in the medical field. doctors, nurses, medical students, and nursing students. keen to work in rural community with basic facilities
Program Fees: 260Euros to 1205Euros

PAST VOLUNTEER SAYS:
Tabea Witting
What I liked most about VIN is the concept of working with local volunteers. From my first day I got confronted with VIN meetings, that I only grasped parts of as they were all in Nepali. That i quite frustrating, when you are not used to that kind of situation.......


VIN welcomes all interested medical students, individuals, professionals, organizations, associations and other groups to join our Community Health and Medical Care program.

Community Health Program Goal 

 
To sustainably and significantly improve the basic health conditions of the Jitpur community by improving: access to health services, hygiene facilities, and awareness of health & hygiene issues.
 
VIN is dedicated to achieving the following for Jitpur Phedi Community by 2012
 
Improved Health Services: promoting health post facilities for community people and supporting proper treatment from a professional medical team. Encouraging community people to use the medical clinic by facilitating awareness raising programs and providing sufficient basic medication for free.
 
Hygiene Facilities: Giving all families access to toilets (VIN should help construct over 600 toilets); and providing all the families with proper waste management systems.
 
Health and hygiene awareness: Training the families in basic health and hygiene. Teaching them how to maintain clean and healthy environments. Addressing various female health issues, as well as other health matters such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 

Sustainable School health program: To promote the School health, regular health camps in schools are conducted. The School health program includes regular health check ups and medicine distribution sessions, screening dental hygiene and de worming. Special health camps (basically Dental camps and eye camps), targeting all school children are conducted in regular intervals.
                                                      
To achieve the above goals, VIN  has also been mobilizing local and international volunteers with health backgrounds in the rural communities where people do not have access to any health facilities, as the government is unable to provide adequate health services in those areas.

Rural Nepali people are often unwilling to go to the hospital and other contemporary health services because of orthodox and superstitious thinking as well as other conservative cultural influences. This nature of the peoples’ mindset is a great barrier in the process of trying to achieve widespread wellbeing. 
Some Nepali people may visit a dhami / Jhakri (witch doctor) when they are suffering from a disease. Often, this resort to a spiritual kind of professional rather than medical, leads to many deaths. The most despairing part of it is that the numerous deaths are preventable through simple health care. VIN is playing an active role in linking these rural people with the rest of the world, in order to educate them, and in the process save lives, while also making sure that this integration of new practices does not completely disrupt the ancient culture of the people. 
 
VIN Runs Community Health Program in three Ways:    
 
Health Institutions:   Volunteers will be assigned to health posts, hospitals, and other health institutions, either being run by the government or a local community, in both rural and urban settings. Volunteers will work with health assistants, doctors, nurses and local volunteers. They will work daily, 3 to 5 hours, for 5 to 6 days a week. VIN's first priority is always its own main working community Jitpur Phedi, where volunteers can get involved in our integrated community development approach.
 
Health Camps :  Medical Volunteers will be mobilized to work in health camps for a prearranged schedule: 1 day to a week. Volunteers will work with their Nepali counterparts, who assist both Nepali and foreign volunteers. Volunteers' responsibilities are to distribute medicine and consult with citizens about health care, by this means raising the awareness of health, sanitation and environment in the community.    
 
Awareness Raising Programs: Many Nepali people are unaware of health and hygiene and environmental issues. We therefore mobilize local and international medical volunteers mainly to work with the youth clubs, women's groups, children's clubs, women microcredit cooperatives, and other local organizations to teach them about proper health and sanitation habits. VIN aims to prepare local health advocates by training the local groups of women, youth, teachers and children.
 
In addition, volunteers will provide First-Aid information to the local people in rural villages, thereby providing them with practical and sustainable health and sanitation skills. In the mean time, volunteers will give health education classes to children clubs in public schools. Clubs community groups will pass this information on to other Clubs, groups and communities at large. We prefer medical students, doctors or nurses for this program; however, we do accept other volunteers who have some experience in the field.  


I spent a week working with VIN in their Community Health/Medical Care program. I received basic orientation to Nepali culture and language prior to being placed within my host family in the village of Jitpur. They were very hospitable and endearing. I was allowed the opportunity to experience authentic Nepalese life and culture, and regarded as family. There was an intense admiration and appreciation for the Nepalese people almost instantaneously, for their resourcefulness, simplicity, and good-natured dispositions. I worked in the community health post, which involved assisting patients with symptom management, and offering health promotion and illness prevention strategies. I also had several occasions to go remote areas and model tooth brushing for particularly vulnerable individuals and children. Overall, my experience was insightful and empowering. I learned so much. I extend my deepest gratitude to VIN for their continued support throughout my time in Nepal, specifically Bhupi, Kabita, Sam and Nishan.
- Shelley Pikes, Canada
  


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PROGRAM FEES

1 week EUR 280.00
2 weeks EUR 355.00
4 weeks EUR 505.00
6 weeks EUR 625.00
8 weeks EUR 745.00
10 weeks EUR 865.00
12 weeks EUR 985.00

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