Every Life Matters - Nepal
Work in underway to construct Nepal's first ever Centre of Excellence in palliative care, providing compassionate, holistic care to transform lives.
It is estimated that at least 125,000 people are currently living in Nepal with terminal illnesses, yet there is very little healthcare available to them. Thanks to The McClay Foundation, in April 2018, EMMS International started planning to build a Centre of Excellence in palliative care at Green Pastures Hospital, Pokhara, Nepal. This Centre is to be a catalyst for widening access to palliative care in Nepal, particularly Western Nepal, where 80% of the population live, and over half are living in extreme poverty.
Through this project, a palliative care unit will be constructed, including essential equipment, furniture, supplies, essential staff and training. This project will help to care for the economic, social, spiritual and physical needs of patients there.
Suntali's Life Matters
Suntali was a homeless widow with two small children when she became a patient at Green Pastures hospital, Nepal. Whilst being treated for leprosy, she was diagnosed with malignant skin cancer. In addition to the excruciating pain, the emotional pain of being homeless and fearing for the safety of her children left Suntali hopeless. She believed that her life did not matter.
Thankfully, hope came to Suntali in the form of the amazing person-centred care. Suntali now has hope for the future. Her children are happy in a nearby Christian Children's home and are receiving an education. Suntali is in remission. Although she still manages significant symptoms, Suntali has now started training to be a tailor in order to provide for her family in the future.
However, there are thousands of people like Suntali currently living in rural Nepal with no such care available to them. It is hard to imagine being so vulnerable and desperate.
If you would like more information about this innovative project, please contact EMMS International at: +44 (0)131 313 3828. Please consider supporting us in projects just like this one.