26 Apr Helping patients with essential needs
Sarwagin Sewa Samaj (SSS) is a small church-based ministry led by volunteers, serving the poorest patients and their carers at Bheri Zonal Hospital.
The poorest struggle to afford treatment fees, and patient’s families are also required to meet their food and hygiene needs.
SSS is a vital lifeline for people like this. They help with food, medication and also advocate for patient’s rights and make sure they receive all the support and care that is available to them. SSS also run a small hostel near the hospital offering free accommodation for family members.
They are a long-term partner of INF, supported through your donations to the Medical Charity Fund.
From Despair to Hope
In February 2023, Khadka (aged 27) had a bad accident while cutting grass to feed his animals. He fell down a slope in the hills near his village in Jajarkot district which resulted in a broken spine, six broken ribs, and both his legs were badly broken as well.
His brother returned from working in India to help, but the family has already spent the money they had, including a loan they borrowed from other people in their home village.
Even though they have not seen much improvement in Khadka’s condition, they need to fund expensive medicine that costs £50-£100 each day. The family was stressed and could not find a way out.
Thanks to your support, SSS has been able to help Khadka and his family with food, medicine, advocacy to the hospital’s social unit (to access financial support), and counselling, as well as offering support with a wheelchair.
Photo caption: In the image above you can see Khadka receiving treatment at Bheri Zonal Hospital, using an inflated plastic glove for hand exercises.