From Kit to Camp: Delivering Primary Health Care in Post-Quake Nepal
Less than five weeks ago, a plot of land opposite Gajuri’s damaged primary health center was little more than a dusty mélange of building materials, tents and debris. The damaged health center continued to provide services from its courtyard. For residents of Nepal’s Dhading district, one of the 14 worst affected by the country’s 25 April and 12 May earthquakes, going indoors amid the continuing aftershocks was a hazard best avoided.
Since 16 June, a WHO-procured Medical Camp Kit (MCK) consisting of consultation and staff rooms, male and female wards, a maternity room and a range of medical and logistical supplies has provided access to primary health care services on this plot of land. Over 40 000 people reside within the catchment area of the damaged health facility, making its replacement crucial for the community’s health. At present, things are running smoothly. The MCK will be operational for at least six months, allowing time for the damaged facility to be repaired, for the rainy season to pass, and for long-term health system recovery.