So the Child May Live was established to promote and protect good health, and to relieve sickness in Nepal.
Nestling in the Himalayas between India and Tibet, Nepal has a population of around 30million. Health in the country is poor by international standards, with poor sanitation and water supplies being major contributing factors. Common diseases and illnesses include diarrhoea, leprosy and tuberculosis. Poverty also plays a role in the country which is ranked amongst the 20 poorest in the world. The Government of Nepal’s Department of Health estimates that 30% of Children under 5 suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition or disease.
Access to health care can be difficult due to the geographical remoteness and poor travel infrastructure in much of the country. And health professionals often struggle to access the most appropriate training for their specialisms.
So the Child May Live works with the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu and has funded the provision of specialist surgical equipment as well as training and development for clinical staff, to help provide better care and treatment for patients.
In recent years we have broadened our reach to support the full costs of the running of the Jaganarthpur clinic in southern Nepal.
The links between the Kanti Children’s Hospital and the UK started in 1984 when Carmel Dersch visited Nepal for a trekking holiday in the Himalayas. At that time she was a manager at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, and on her return began to bring together people who were interested in supporting the only dedicated children’s hospital in the whole of Nepal.
Initially a doctor and a nurse from the Kanti Children’s Hospital came over to the UK to learn more from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital about the treatment of cancer in children.
This work has expanded over the last two decades, and has been largely funded by So the Child May Live, to take in other specialties including burns treatments and neurological conditions. In 2013 staff at the two hospitals signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formalising the relationship between them.