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Dermatology Patient Care in Rural Nepal: Reaching the Unreachable

Dr. Sabina Bhattarai
Nepal

 

The project is run by the non-profit organization “Ek Ek Paila”. This NGO was created after the 2015 earthquake; its aim is to provide free medical services on a regular basis to areas devastated by the earthquake. As no dermatologists were working in any of the areas first visited, this health care initiative now brings screening, identification and treatment of patients with skin diseases responsible for social stigmatization.

 

Dr. Bhattarai leads the dermatological team who carry out the following:
– Skin consultation and treatment
– Education and preventive measures
– Follow-on care for patients

 

A mobile unit was designed to record clinical details including photographic evidence of the patient’s condition.

 

Since the start of the project in 2015, 1,575 patients have been treated for the following dermatological conditions, including photodermatosis, eczema, lichen, scabies, fungal infection, vitiligo, and leprosy.

 

With the grant, the applicant would like to organize three additional health care camps based in the remotest regions of Nepal and to work on educational material in order to instruct people on various preventive aspects like simple skin, nail and hair care regimes.

 

[Photo by Mamun Srizon on Unsplash]

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