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June 4, 2015 – Jill Allison, CMAT Team 3 Logistician in Takukot writes: “Meeting with the Female Community Health Volunteers today. These women are the backbone of the primary healthcare system in Nepal. They volunteer to be responsible for health promotion in their communities and they are knowledgeable, energetic and dedicated.
Dressed in their emblematic blue saris, they came from all the wards to meet and share their knowledge about their communities. In a couple of hours we learned more about the situation in the wards in Takuakot than we could have in two weeks walking around. When we spoke about how they could offer psychosocial support in their communities and talked about listening and encouraging people to talk they all shared their stories about where they were when the earthquake hit.
They did this with laughter and and a sense of acceptance. They know more about cholera than most Canadian medical practitioners and have the health promotion messages well learned. We shared lunch and they visited in the the local shops before heading back down the path to their various wards. The clinic is a little less busy and we are focusing on needs assessment and opportunities for collaboration with other organizations now. Great day and lots of work ahead!”
June 3, 2015 – Takukot, Nepal – With special thanks for this contribution to Jill Allison, Logistician with Team 3!
“Our work continues in the clinic with queues of patients lining up to see the doctors. Crowd control is a challenge. We will begin some remote community outreach. We met with other organizations providing water and sanitation, child protection counselling and nutrition support. All Nepali staff and very knowledgeable. They are working with us here to cover all the challenges and ensure people get what they need to be safe and healthy.
The government program to provide monetary compensation to everyone who lost a house was administered by the local police and army. They have finished their work and will move on to the next ward. The police are helpful and occasionally they bring their wives in for a quick consultation. The large police presence in the ruined station behind our camp has now dissipated.
We discovered a walk leading to the next village this morning and enjoyed the emerald rice paddies cascading down the hillsides on both sides of the ridge. The well is dry in this community forcing the people to walk an hour or more to the water supply in Takuakot. We walked with the women who carry water for us and were awestruck by how far uphill each drop we use must be carried. Laundry and showers will be on a “can’t stand the smell” basis only. Apologies to colleagues. “