UCC had another tremendously successful year. After finishing the project in the schools of Pokhara and coming back from Nepal in August 2017, a new team of volunteers has been brought together once more. For the 6th time now, 9 new volunteers were recruited from a group of over 80 candidates, to join a team of 6 other volunteers with experience from previous years. The enormous amount of people interested in the UCC project is a reflection of the huge progress of the last years.
In September 2017, this group of 15 people started preparing for another Ujeli volunteer trip in the summer of 2018. On a monthly basis, events were organized, lectures were given, and sponsors were contacted. By July 2018, prior to departure to Nepal, a sum of over 30.000 euro was collected. Aside from this, another 10.000 euro was made available for the construction and organization of our future Ujeli Children’s Hospital.
Finally on site in Nepal, the team of volunteers represented the Ujeli Care Centre Project with enormous enthusiasm and motivation. Striving for a better health care for the poor children of Pokhara, Nepal. Together with the Koirala family, whose devotion to the project is unseen and only tipped by their hospitality, the team has realized yet another year of progress towards our goal, by providing much needed health education and prevention programs for the children of Pokhara.
During the period of July-August 2018, the same 9 schools and 1 orphanage have been visited to provide the essential care that these children still miss and need so hardly. Extensive recapitulation of previously acquired health topics about general hygiene and infectious disease prevention have been carried out. All children have been provided with toothbrush and toothpaste. During these health camps, medical examinations were performed to assess the general health and specific health needs of the students. If necessary, appropriate treatment or referral to a hospital was made. At the end of the summer project, around 1000 children were helped.
We noticed that many of these students, who got education and yearly medical check-up’s by UCC over the last 6 years, have made a lot of progress in their health and health behaviour. Special attention was given to dental hygiene over the last 3-4 years, with the pending realization of a dental clinic in the nearby future. According to these serial dental investigations, incidence of caries and bad oral hygiene are dropping significantly due to our interventions. However, the need for treatment of heavily damaged teeth by caries remains high. These children would benefit greatly from basic dental treatment which could be provided by Ujeli Care Centre in the future. Keeping this in mind, we are aiming to open the dental department by May 2019, as first department of our future Ujeli Children’s Hospital.
A collection of photos taken during the project in the summer of 2018 were attached to this report.
Dr. Alexander De Moor
Vice-chairman of vzw Ujeli Care Centre Belgium