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Remembering

By Phil Montgomery – Phil has taken part in many Chaparda clinics and has recently retired as Trustee of World Medicine.

It was my first day back working in the men’s clinic at Jaye Ambe hospital in the rural district of Chaparda, Gujarat. My first patient awaited me. I remembered his face but sadly can’t recall his name. This was my fourth visit working at the hospital and my patient, a local Sadu monk had visited each time for a succession of treatments. He was 80 plus years of age, dressed in the traditional saffron robes, wearing a full grey beard and moustache. He reminded me very much of a wise and happy Asiatic Father Christmas.

Generally he was in good health but suffered pain in his knees and a decreased mobility brought during the damp colder winter months. His diagnosis generally related to arthritis of the knees. Through the translation he gratefully told me how the treatments would lessen the pain, improve his mobility and last until the weather changed and the warmer months returned. I will never forget his smiling face, appreciative handshake and namaskar.

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Acupuncture Clinic in Nepal

A guest blog from Gwenan Evans, about a volunteer clinic in Nepal.

AcuAid Nepal Project Summary November 2019.

My colleague Anna Jolly and myself, both members of the British Acupuncture Council for the past 10 years, are going out to Sindupalchok district in Nepal in March/April 2020 to help establish an acupuncture clinic at a rural health centre which serves several mountain villages in an area around 60 miles north of Kathmandu.

Sindupalchok was the worst hit area in Nepal with the highest death rates caused by the devastating earthquake in 2015. They are gradually rebuilding their lives and services for the scattered community. The Palchok Health Post in Helambhu-6 village is run by the amazing Tamang Sancha, who goes out of his way to provide healthcare in this remote and poor region.

We will be taking out both acupuncture supplies (needles, moxa, gua sha and cupping tools) and general medical supplies that Tamang Sancha has asked for such as bandages and dressings, foetal heart monitors etc. We plan to spend 6 weeks living and working at the main health post, and to accompany Tamang Sancha on two of his monthly visits to his main outreach clinic which is several hours’ hike from the village.

All the money we raise will go towards equipping the clinic, so that we can provide as many supplies as possible and allow us to buy basic equipment such as treatment couches.

This is a community which is very familiar with hardship and which is striving to rebuild itself after the devastation wrought by the earthquake 4 years ago. The immediate phase when international attention was focused on the region, and aid poured in, is long gone, and they are now trying to establish an infrastructure which will improve the healthcare of the population on a sustainable ongoing basis.

We have set up a fundraising page via JustGiving, which has the above details plus some photographs. The page link is justgiving.com/crowdfunding/acuaidnepal.

Gwenan Evans