Introduction

I am sure you have some questions, such as:

  • Who are we?
  • What are we?
  • When are we doing this?
  • Where?
  • Why?

We hope to answer those questions in the following pages. You see, Nepal is a trekking and climbing paradise for tourists. But for Nepalese villagers who live in the remote parts, their everyday life is filled with challenges brought upon by the remoteness and harshness of their environment. One of the most confronting issues in these areas is the lack of medical facilities. The absence of adequate facilities is partly due to the ruggedness of the landscape, particularly in the high Himalayas, where the only way to travel is by foot. Villagers are forced to walk on average half to one day in order to access basic health services (assuming there are any facilities at all in their region). Walking such distances in difficult terrain can be extremely hazardous for someone needing medical attention. In severe cases they have to be carried or simply die because they cannot reach medical help in time. In addition, many who find themselves unable to afford the loss of even one day’s work sometimes remain untreated. As a result, minor ailments can develop complications which turn into major illnesses that could easily have been prevented with prompt attention.

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