STAR Scholar Extends Community Outreach in Rural Nepal

Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota

Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota, a STAR Scholar, coordinated a series of activities benefiting the communities in different parts of Nepal. During his two week Nepal visit, Dr. Sapkota organized a health screening and medical check up camp in Pharsadangi village in rural Morang district. Over 175 women and men underwent medical tests to know their oxygen saturation level, blood pressure and blood glucose. They also received medical consultations and free medicines. Dr. Sapkota lead a team of volunteers including Dr. Ashok Thakur, Dr. Ranjit Yadav, Dr. Survi and Dr. Urvi Shrestha. The event was jointly organized by Village Ward Number 9 of Rangeli Municipality and Health & Hygiene Committee of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRN).

Another event lead by STAR Scholar Sapkota was Health and Meditation, which attracted a large number of people. Held at the Ashram constructed in honor of Balguru Aditya, the meditation experts Sushila Niraula, Rekha Ghimire, Bhola ji demonstrated the ways of meditation and spoke on its value to maintain health.

Yet another accomplishment was the formation of Rapid Response Team. A mutual understanding and a joint statement among Nepal Medical Association, Nepal Medical Student Society, and Global Health & Hygiene Committee of NRN was signed to deploy rapid health response team in any part of Nepal should there be a natural disaster be it flood, landslide, tornado or earthquake.

Similar joint statement was signed between Nepal Breast Cancer Foundation and Global Health & Hygiene Committee of NRN to explore the possibility of running Mobile Mammography Bus. The bus will have devises to detect early stages of breast cancer. 
Both these joint statements were coordinated by Dr. Sapkota. Last month during Sep 20-22 he coordinated the 1st Global Nepali Health Conference. He is also the recipient of the Global Connections Award 2019.