In the aftermath of the great earthquake of 2015, a group of like-minded Nepalese doctors & concerned citizens, decided to take healthcare to the affected districts. They chose Ek Ek Paila as name of their group which means “step by step“. During the period of May, 2015 to April, 2016 the group conducted 12 free health camps benefitting more than the people in the earthquake affect areas.
Having completed these camps, there were calls from many quarters to continue to the work that was benefitting the rural population. Having decided to give continuity, the group was duly registered in Kathmandu District Administration Office and completed all necessary formalities with registration of the organization, Ek Ek Paila including membership of Social Welfare Council in 2017. Ek Ek Paila now is conducting two free health camps in remote areas every year. These are multi speciality camps.
Dr. Shashi Netzle-Praetorius, native-born Nepalese, joined Ek Ek Paila as a founding member and was also involved on site to help the victims of the earthquake disaster. Our GMP Foundation and our partner organization German Pharmacists’ Aid (Apotheker Helfen e.V.) began working with Ek Ek Paila in June 2015, immediately after the earthquake disaster in Nepal in April/May 2015. By 2016, Ek Ek Paila organized a total of 12 multi-specialized, free medical camps in the earthquake-affected areas. However, we would like to emphasize that about 50% of the funds needed for this purpose came from donations from the Ek Ek Paila founding members.
The Free Health Camps that Ek Ek Paila conducts are in co-ordination with a partner organization that is familiar with the area and has had some years of working in the region. The health camps conducted are normally 4 days in duration. The travel to & from included, it is about 7~8 days.
Ek Ek Paila takes care of the logistic movements of members and materials, lodging and fooding, in addition to the costs for medicines and equipment. Doctors & members work voluntarily while paramedics and local volunteers are paid stipends. These health camps are generally able to offer the following services:
In addition to the above services, support & investigative services as mentioned below are offered:
We have certified pharmacists to assist us in managing the pharmacy that is operated to distribute the medicines that is prescribed by the doctors. Critical cases, when referred to bigger hospitals, if bought to Kathmandu are taken care by the respective doctors and treatment is subsidized, in many cases free.