Health and Hygiene

Saving lives and preserving the health of the most vulnerable

In both India and Nepal, the regions in which we are active are confronted with a significant lack of access to health care, both materially, geographically and financially.

One figure : A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals that 4.2% of India’s population, or more than 50 million people, fall into poverty every year because of high health costs.

Karuna Shechen ensures the development of appropriate solutions to save lives, alleviate suffering and preserve the health of the most vulnerable. Our clinics and health posts are open every day, without interruption, offering diagnostic, general, specialised and alternative medical services.

Prevention being the best medicine, our teams redouble their efforts to raise awareness among our beneficiaries about malnutrition, menstruation, maternity, breastfeeding and infantile diseases. Finally, we offer farmers ways to improve the health of their animals.

We work closely with local authorities to also intervene in remote community health posts through the provision of equipment and training of health workers.

Our impact in 2021

66,300 medical consultations

10,900 animals treated

6,620 women
educated about menstrual hygiene

One of our programmes in India

Specialized medicine – Reducing pain with physiotherapy

In India, many patients overuse drug solutions due to their lack of awareness of other treatments and alternatives.

Physiotherapy treats certain diseases, injuries and deformities by physical methods (massage, heat treatments, exercises) rather than by drugs or surgery. This trains the body’s muscles to better cope with chronic pain instead of suppressing it with painkillers. With physiotherapy, caregivers can improve the quality of life of their patients with nerve or muscle problems.

We combine physiotherapy with acupuncture, which together are very effective: patients who benefit from these treatments are less sensitive to pain and affected by chronic diseases, such as kidney or liver disease. In addition to providing long-term results, these methods have no side effects.

I have been working at Karuna-Shechen for almost four years and I feel privileged to be able to help those in need through physiotherapy. We offer them a non-medicated alternative to alleviate their ailments, normally unaffordable elsewhere. I am passionate about my work because I work in a great environment and with motivated colleagues. I love to see patients regain their confidence and enjoyment of life after recovering from a serious illness.

Tabish Hussein, physiotherapist in Bihar – India

In 2022, 4 913 patients have been treated with physiotherapy.

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One of our programmes in Nepal

Veterinary camps – Alleviating animal suffering

In many remote areas of Nepal, animals suffer from health problems due to a lack of information, medicines and equipment.

To improve animal welfare in rural areas, mobile veterinary clinics work closely with farmers to raise awareness and provide appropriate medicines. Farmers are also provided with equipment to care for their livestock, such as tarpaulins to build shelters. Keeping animals healthy allows them to have better food and working conditions :

A veterinary clinic is also open within the Karuna offices in this mountainous region of Nepal. Farmers are received there with their animals throughout the year. A veterinary technician is able to treat 6 species of animals, thus covering the needs of local livestock. She also travels to all the villages in the region, sometimes several hours’ walk away, to treat the sickest animals.

Life as a farmer is difficult in the mountainous areas. I sell wool, fertiliser made from their dung and sheep. With this income I can help my children. In winter, the animals don’t have enough grass to feed themselves and they become weak. Thanks to Karuna, they got vitamins and anti-parasites. I am very grateful because this is the first time I have received help. Animals mean everything to us. Helping them is also helping us.

Maruni Tamang, a farmer in Ruby Valley – Nepal

In 2022, 2 366 animals have been treated

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Our method of intervention

Our holistic approach puts our beneficiaries at the center of each project. We try to empower them through involvement and ownership of our activities, and by improving their skills and knowledge.

Our health services are continually adapting to meet the needs of those we serve. For example, we are creating new facilities, investing in new treatment and diagnostic equipment, and paying particular attention to the training of medical staff.

Learn more about our Health and Hygiene programmes

Ophthalmic Health

Seeing Beyond Limits

Testimony from Kapilvastu

Breaking Borders and Inspiring Change

Darjeeling and Kapilvastu

New Intervention Areas in 2023

Mental Health

An Universal Human Right

At the heart of our clinics

Portrait of Doctor Jaya Maitra

At the heart of our clinics

For a holistic approach to health in India