Third Annual Conference Report: Health Foundation Nepal
Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA 19611
United States of America
May 23, 2015
The third annual conference of Health Foundation Nepal has been organized in Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA 19611, USA.
A.Opening session: moderated by Naba Raj Mainali, MD
The session was begun with a moment of noble silence in the memory of those who lost their lives due to recent devastating earthquake in Nepal. The president of Health Foundation Nepal (US Chapter), Dr. Kamal Wagle, welcomed the participants and explained about organizational mission/vision/goal. The session was furthered by the executive director, Dr. Shreedhar Paudel, who presented the activities performed by the Health Foundation Nepal (HFN). Dr. Paudel encompassed several live (from Ms Binita Adhikari and Mr Madan Raj Bhatta from Nepal) and recorded report (Dr Rabin Dahal) on touching scenarios of earthquake as well as statistical data and ongoing support for malnourished children in Saudiyar and Laxmipur VDCs in Dang, Nepal. Dr. Khagendra Dahal, a founding Board member, briefed his experiences about Cardiovascular Screening and general health camp in our project site in Nepal. Dr. Sharina Rajbhandari, an executive committee member of HFN, geared up the session with her excellent presentation on Malnutrition in pediatric population. She did provide key data on malnutrion status of both US and Nepali children. She also briefed the ongoing malnutrition projects in our project sites, Nepal. Our chief guest, Eugene York, MD, FACP, presented on “Teach and Remind; Perspectives on access to health care” which added much more enthusiasm and inspiration to be committed on further humanistic actions of HFN.
B.Expanding the Scope: moderated by Shashi Sigdel, MD The vice president of HFN, Dr. Ashok Devkota, presented on future plans of HFN with a special focus on promoting the health of mother and babies by ensuring proper antenatal care ultimately giving birth to healthy babies. Dr. Khagendra Dahal then spoke on strategies to expand scope of HFN, highlighting the importance of addressing cardiovascular problems. Immediately after that, Dr. Manoj Bhattarai gave an exciting and impressive presentation on areas of improvement including fund raising strategies, social networking to boost up further activities of HFN.
C.Business Session: moderated by Khagendra Dahal, MD
After a short break and refreshment, Dr. Dahal moderated focused group discussion sessions on different agenda to solidify the organizational ground of HFN.
The key ideas generated were summarized as follows;
1) Fund Raising Strategies: - work on being a creditable organization - bringing celebrities on board - work at institution level - organizing public events like religious activities, puran in local communities of Nepal - managing logistics from different companies
2) Earthquake relief: - short and long term goals - psychological support and necessary supplies like tents, low cost homes (cost-sharing approach), rehabilitation, drinking water, sanitation, lavatories - prevention of diseases with a focus on children’s health, diarrheal diseases - help in miscellaneous activities like building school, disaster insurance and retro-fitting
3) Membership drive: - safety net and transparency on financial transactions -utilize social media like socialoomph for regular communication - approach different sectors like other Nepali societies, businesses groups -YouTube videos on our humanitarian activities
4) New projects: - help people with mental health issues after earthquake - apply telemedicine to help physicians and patients in Nepal - co-partnership with other organizations working in health sector
5) Communication strategies: - legal communication and documentation of key decisions - regular communication between spokesperson from Nepal and U.S. chapters
Dr. Wagle spoke briefly about organizational plans and financial report. Then, Dr. Paudel pointed out project plans and moderated voting for executive decisions. Dr. Devkota summarized key activities of the conference at the end. Finally, the president, Dr. Wagle concluded the third annual conference of HFN with votes of thanks.
The formal program was followed by social hour at Himalayan Restaurant & Grill, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The dinner was sponsored by Saru Shrestha and all the members from her restaurant. Each participant contributed $ 50.00 to HFN malnutrition project.
I, on the behalf of HFN, would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our chief guest, Dr. Eugene York, MD, FACP; Dr. David George, MD, FACP for his great support in providing conference room at Reading Hospital and Saru Shreshtha for sponsoring fund raising dinner.
I would also take this opportunity to thank Reading team for their strong support in successfully organizing the conference. My heartfelt thanks goes to all the participants for their active involvement as well as innovative ideas to grow our organization down the road.