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Upcoming Mission Dates: September 13, 2023 - October 2, 2023


Nepal Surgical Mission -- “Reaching the Unreached”

 

About:

We started going to Nepal in 2010.

We’ve run missions in Dhankuta, Lahan, and Chisapani in Nepal and further expanding.

This is a multidisciplinary surgical mission to help the poor and needy of Nepal to decrease their burden and reach out to those people who are unreached, thus called “Reaching the Unreached”. The mission reaches as many people who have been carrying the burden of these surgical issues and having to ignore it because of poverty and access to care while they struggling to eat 1-2 meals a day.

The mission will and has always been free of cost for every patient who will be taken care of by our team, especially targeting the poor and underserved areas in Nepal.

Our surgical mission has a major OR (General, Gyn and plastic surgeries), minor OR (lumps and bumps- same-day surgeries AKA outpt dept: OPD), dental clinic. We run about 4-5 major OR tables, 2-3 tables in OPD and 3-5 dental chairs.

Types of Surgical Procedure we do Hernia repair, inguinal, umbilical, incisional, Hydrocele repair, adult and kids, Gall Bladder surgery, burn contracture release, Cleft lip/palate, Uterine, and Vaginal prolapses, Ovarian cyst removal, Dental procedures which include but not limited to extractions, restorations, filling.

We did our first Dental only mission to Nepal in 2019 with the intent to expand and reach more people in other parts of the country. Each year we grow and grow with a plan to add new sub-specialties.

In addition, minor surgeries, excising benign small masses and bumps and lumps in an outpatient room setting.

2.   Moreover, we also fit LN-4 Hands to amputees, they are free of cost to us and to the patient as well, a mechanical hand that can be used for simple activities of daily living, like carrying less than 10 Kg, can ride a bicycle, write, hold cups and a spoon to eat with. We have already distributed around 500 hands in the last 7 years. Check out their website: https://ln-4.org

3.   We also install solar suitcases in health posts without any electricity, given them light to help with delivering babies in a proper light source where they were using a flashlight. We have installed 12 of these units https://wecaresolar.org each unit costs us around $1800.00

Aloha Medical Mission Team: Total of 70-100 volunteers participate each year from the US (50-70) and in-country Nepalese volunteers (30-50) take part in each mission and without their contributions and hard work none of this is possible.   

All Volunteers of the mission pay their own expenses including flight, lodging, and food as well. Thus, all donations made go directly to the care of the patient it was intended for by the donors.

Below are links to YouTube videos on what we have done in the past.

Link to YouTube Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL818E7DA15D6774F1

https://youtu.be/itxnnsljI40?list=PL818E7DA15D6774F1

https://youtu.be/d5TLcXlcxQQ?list=PL818E7DA15D6774F1


2018 REPORT:

Surgical Mission, Dhankuta, Nepal


Location:​​ Dhankuta District Hospital, Dhankuta, Nepal. 


Dates​​: Tue October 23rd – Fri, Nov 2​nd​, 2018 


USA organizers, Co-mission Leaders:​​ Julie Gamboa Sy, RN and Drs. Jeff Stone and Bikash Gupta.


Nepal leaders:​​  Mr. Roshesh Shrestha, Mr. Purendra Shrestha, Mr. Bijay Santaoshi Rai, Mr. Hitesh Karki




Dhankuta District Hospital, 4800 ft elevation, 24 bed capacity, contains one operating room normally not used for major surgery. Patient catchment area approximately 25,000 population. 





Our AMM Team in Hile on our Sunday off 


US volunteers​​ (45 total): 13 new physician/nurses with AMM, 9 lay helpers/students (8 new to missions).


OR Nurses​​: Kaui Pelekane (HNL), Janette Wolff (Kauai), Patricia Daly (Maui), Jeremy Gredig (Abu Dhabi).


Nurses​​: Sherwin Alop, Tauna Ainslie, Shiho Hamano, Alisa Iloreta (San Francisco), Maja Jozanovic, Dean Kobashigawa, Karuna KC (North Carolina), Audrey Valentine (Seattle), Poonam Gupta (North Carolina), Mehana Aio, Alexander Seamone (North Carolina), David Grannell (Abu Dhabi), Kara Radatz (Abu Dhabi), Amy Hamilton (Abu Dhabi), Kyleigh Schieman (Abu Dhabi), Melissa McCrum, Julie Gamboa Sy  ​Physicians: General surgeons​​: Eric Matayoshi (Abu Dhabi), Ray Shapiro (New Mexico),  Jeff Stone (Seattle),   ​GYN surgeons​​: Cindi Lewis (Seattle), Mamta Mamik (New York), Stuart Shippey (Virginia)   ​Anesthesiologists​​: Shrilekha Champaneri (San Diego) Kerry Gallagher -CRNA (North Carolina), Ashley Silva-CRNA (San Francisco),  ​Medicine​​: Winson Koo (San Francisco), Bikash Gupta (North Carolina).  ​Dentists: ​​Frank Kihara (Maui), Dean Sueda, Bryan Wong, ​Lay helpers:​​ Greta Sherwood (North Carolina), Marvin Burrows (Philippines), Scott Goodman (North Carolina), Keoni Kilbey, Cory Jo Jankovich (North Carolina), ​Students​​: Hannah Sherwood (North Carolina), Jacob Henderson (North Carolina), Alexis Mcneilis (North Carolina), Nina Mamik (New York). 


Nepali volunteer team ​​(19 total):

Roshesh Shrestha, Purendra Shrestha, Bijay Santoshi Rai, Devendra Shrestha, Sangeeta Gupta/ Roshan Gupta, Social worker,  Vijay Gupta, Businessman/social worker, Rajat Pradhan (Nepali CV surgery fellow in Bangladesh), Sita Rupakheti (KTM activist), Sudeep Khaniya (Dharan surgeon), Dr. Pawan Raj Chalise (Urologist and renal transplant surgeon TUTH), Dr. Sabin Gauchan (Anesthesiologist), Dr. Krishna Pokharel, (Anesthesiologist), Binayak Gupta (student), Aditya Hirday (medical student), Prajwal Shrestha, Pratima Gautam, Medical Officers of Dhankuta Hospital, Rakesh Gupta(Prof surgery BPKIHS), Prajwal(surgical resident Dharan), Rahul B Mcneilis (North Carolina), Nina Mamik (New York). Nepali volunteer team ​​(19 total): Roshesh Shrestha, Purendra Shrestha, Bijay Santoshi Rai, Devendra Shrestha, Sangeeta Gupta/ Roshan Gupta, Social worker, Vijay Gupta, Businessman/social worker, Rajat Pradhan (Nepali CV surgery fellow in Bangladesh), Sita Rupakheti (KTM activist), Sudeep Khaniya (Dharan surgeon), Dr. Pawan Raj Chalise (Urologist and renal transplant surgeon TUTH), Dr. Sabin Gauchan (Anesthesiologist), Dr. Krishna Pokharel, (Anesthesiologist), Binayak Gupta (student), Aditya Hirday (medical student), Prajwal Shrestha, Pratima Gautam, Medical Officers of Dhankuta Hospital, Rakesh Gupta(Prof surgery BPKIHS), Prajwal(surgical resident Dharan), Rahul B

Mcneilis (North Carolina), Nina Mamik (New York). 



Nepali volunteer team ​​(19 total):


Roshesh Shrestha, Purendra Shrestha, Bijay Santoshi Rai, Devendra Shrestha, Sangeeta Gupta/ Roshan Gupta, Social worker,  Vijay Gupta, Businessman/social worker, Rajat Pradhan (Nepali CV surgery fellow in Bangladesh), Sita Rupakheti (KTM activist), Sudeep Khaniya (Dharan surgeon), Dr. Pawan Raj Chalise (Urologist and renal transplant surgeon TUTH), Dr. Sabin Gauchan (Anesthesiologist), Dr. Krishna Pokharel, (Anesthesiologist), Binayak Gupta (student), Aditya Hirday (medical student), Prajwal Shrestha, Pratima Gautam, Medical Officers of Dhankuta Hospital, Rakesh Gupta(Prof surgery BPKIHS), Prajwal(surgical resident Dharan), Rahul B