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IN THE HIMALAYAS

Heartbreak in the Himalayas is Dr Ray’s first novel, and it’s a real page-turner. Set in the foothills of the spectacular Himalayas, Dr Ray takes us on a series of enthralling adventures during a surgical camp in remote Nepal. We meet a group of fascinating characters follow them on their rollercoaster ride as they battle challenge after challenge in this exotic corner of the world.

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AUSTRALIANS FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

THE HEALTH OF FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES IS STRONGLY TIED TO THE HEALTH OF WOMEN. THE ILLNESS OR DEATH OF A WOMAN HAS SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THE HEALTH OF HER CHILDREN, HER FAMILY AND THE COMMUNITY.

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MATERNAL HEALTH

Every day around the world, 1,000 women die as a result of pregnancy complications. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths occur in developing countries. In Nepal, a woman dies in labour every 4 hours and a baby, every 15 minutes. The large majority of these deaths are preventable.

PROLAPSE DOWN UNDER

In its more severe forms, genital (or pelvic organ) prolapse is a distressing and disfiguring disease. University studies have shown that there are 200,000 women in Nepal who suffer with severe pelvic organ prolapse and are in urgent need of surgery. Very few surgeons in Nepal who can provide this surgery.

CORPORATE SPONSORS

A4WH is grateful to sponsors of the prolapse treatment camps. B. Braun Medical Pty Ltd has been generous in their supply of surgical instruments valued at approximately AUD$10,000. All of these instruments have been invaluable to A4WH surgical camps in Nepal.

Gifts That Help Save Lives

TRAIN A MIDWIFE

One of the best ways to stop mums and babies dying in Nepal is to train more Skilled Birth Attendants. Sponsor a midwife to train over a 12-month period and you can create a birthing experience that’s both safe and caring.

HOSPITAL BLANKETS

Keep mums and babies warm in the foothills of the Himalayas

SECURE MEDICINE CUPBOARD

Vital medicines need to be kept secure from mischievous hands!

TAPS TO SUPPLY CLEAN WATER

Hygiene is crucial to prevent the spread of disease.

Plumbing to hospital wards provides far more reliable clean water.

NEWBORN BABY COTS

Hospital cots are vital
for the care of the newborn babies in poor health.

LABOUR WARD EXAMINATION LIGHT

Adequate light is crucial for the safe birth of babies.
Power supply is unreliable in Nepal. All hospital lights need a backup battery supply.

CESAREAN SECTION INSTRUMENTS

So many babies’ lives are saved with emergency cesarean sections.
Our hospitals require several sets of instruments to provide this crucial
on-going care.

WE’RE BUILDING A HOSPITAL

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All donations are Tax Deductible.

A4WH is currently building a hospital for mothers and babies in Charikot, NE Nepal, an area devastated by the earthquake in 2015. Apart from providing critical care for those in need, the hospital will become a major teaching centre for doctors, midwives and nurses. It will also be the base for an extensive community health program, providing essential public health measures and medical research in the area.

All funding for the construction of the hospital will come from personal donations.

As little as $2 will provide medications to prevent life threatening haemorrhages in pregnancy.  $150 will pay for an operation to fix a woman suffering with genital prolapse.  $50,000 will pay for a surgical ward.

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HISTORY & ORIGINS

A4WH is an Australian charitable trust. It was founded in 2010 by Gynaecologist Obstetrician, Dr Ray Hodgson. The objective of A4WH is to improve the appalling state of women’s health in Nepal.

Volunteer hours served in 2019.

Operations in 2019

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All profits go towards building a new hospital

A4WH-Nepal Trek Challenge

Trek along remote trails in eastern Nepal and raise funds for Dr Hodgson's hospital.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital funds for A4WH hospital in Dolakha, Nepal
  • Stunning views of Gaurishankar and the Numbur Range
  • Exploring the unique culture and tradition of Sherpa people
  • Fully supported camping based trek
  • All meals prepared by our cooks on trek
  • Stay at a centrally located boutique hotel in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy a final dinner at the traditional Nepali Chulo
  • Visit Dolakha Hospital and meet Dr Hodgson and his team
  • See first hand the invaluable work A4WH are doing for women's health in Nepal

Overview

Join this special trip in support of A4WH and the work of Dr Hodgson and his team in eastern Nepal. A4WH provides medical and surgical treatment to underprivileged women and training to local doctors, nurses and midwives. We will visit Dolakha hospital, which is currently being rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake, to witness first-hand their invaluable work. Prior to the hospital visit we will escape the tourist trails on a trek to the north-east, which is home to Tibeto-Burman people with cultural links to the Sherpas and Sunwars. The trek takes us though villages, forest and wilderness zones, where we'll appreciate spectacular views of Gaurishankar (7100m) and the Numbur Range. In Kathmandu we'll stay at the delightful World Heritage Hotel and enjoy our final celebratory meal at Nepali Chulo.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek. The trek is graded introductory. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the trek you will be walking or up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the 3 months leading up to your trek. Hill and step walking with a backpack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! Make your way to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu (details to be confirmed). On arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions (Huma) and transferred to the hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given at the hotel this evening where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Overnight Dwarika Chhen Hotel (or similar)

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast we'll depart early for the long drive towards Jiri, the gateway to the Gaurishanker National Park. Jiri is approximately 180km or 8 hours east of Kathmandu on the Araniko Highway which goes on to Khasa, the border town in Tibet. Along the way, we'll enjoy dramatic views of the Himalayan giants including Ganesh Himal, Mount Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shankar Himal. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for photographs. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

We begin our trek with a gradual ascent, enjoying the impressive views of Pathibhara and the Gaurishanker Range, before entering the forest and our camp in the village of Kyangse. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Continuing uphill the trail meanders through pine and rhododendron forest. There are no villages on this section of the walk, but beautiful forest scenery and tributaries feeding into small lakes. Though we are unlikely to see any people on the trail, there is a good chance we'll glimpse some of the local wildlife. From our camp near Cherdung Hill the villages below will once again come into view. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we begin our walk through old growth forest and the foothills towards Pangnagi which is our camp for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we descend through more lush forest and small villages before reaching our camp at Garjang.

Meals:  B,L,D

Again we pass through several small villages on the trail to Shivalaya. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will join Dr Hodgson and visit the hospital for mothers and babies that A4WH is currently building in Charikot, an area devastated by the earthquake in 2015. Apart from providing critical care for those in need, the hospital will become a major teaching centre for doctors, midwives and nurses. It will also be the base for an extensive community health program, providing essential public health measures and medical research in the area. All funding for the construction of the hospital comes from personal donations. Your contribution of $2000 will go a long way in ensuring that this much needed medical care becomes a reality. As little as $2 will provide medications to prevent life threatening haemorrhages in pregnancy. $150 will pay for an operation to fix a woman suffering with genital prolapse. $50,000 will pay for a surgical ward. After the hospital visit, we will join Dr Hodgson and some of his medical staff to share lunch and learn more about the incredible work they are doing in and around this region of NE Nepal. Afternoon drive to Jiri (approx 4 hours). Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Return to Kathmandu and the group hotel for a well deserved shower. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a farewell dinner at Nepali Chulo. Overnight Dwarika Chhen Hotel (or similar).

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home. Huma can help with additional travel arrangements or extensions if required. Departure details will be advised once registered.

Meals:  B

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Centrally located boutique hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis
  • Return international flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Expert bilingual local leader
  • Full trek staff including assistant guides, cook and kitchen assistants
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • Private air-conditioned bus Kathmandu to Jiri and return from Shivalaya
  • Use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • All group camping equipment including twin share tents , mess tent and toilet tent
  • Group medical kit
  • Farewell dinner celebration in Kathmandu

What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single supplement

What You Carry

  • In your day pack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Fundraising Impact

The full value of your donation will be used to provide critical medical services to women in developing countries, including: training and building capacity of local doctors, nurses and midwives; provision of equipment; and construction of infrastructure projects such as hospitals, clinics and operating theatres.

The use of donated funds exclusively for patients in need and the building of capacity in their countries is a fundamental principle of the A4WH foundation.

Travel Dates

20 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
$200 AUD
$4090 AUD

Other Challenge Costs

Donation: AUD$2000
Single Supplement: AUD$240

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: Depart Return
20 Nov 2020 29 Nov 2020
Duration: 11 Days
Activities: Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade: Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code: DRH
Registration Fee: AUD$200
Travel Cost: AUD$4090

Huma Charity Challenge

Level 5, 71 York Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
info@humacharitychallenge.com.au
Re: Australians for Women's Health Nepal Challenge.
Phone: 1300 792 501

How You Can Help

Dr Rays New Book

Heartbreak in the Himalayas is Dr Ray’s first novel, and it’s a real page-turner.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs

Donate

All donations to (A4WH) will be used exclusively to construct the new Mothers and Babies Hospital in Charikot, Nepal.

Sponsorship

Corporate partners provide crucial funding that allows A4WH to save the lives of mothers and babies in Nepal

Our Mission

We believe that equality is a human right. Every woman, regardless of race, wealth or social status, should have equal access to the highest standards of medical care.

Our Principal aim is to provide sustainable medical treatment and public health interventions for women in developing countries suffering from gynecological or pregnancy-related conditions.

A4WH adheres to the highest ethical standards in the acquisition of funds and the provision of medical care.

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Heartbreak in the Himalayas

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You can secure a brick with your name embossed on it for $50. The cost is fully tax deductible.

The brick will be used in a visible position to construct the new Mothers and Babies Hospital in Charikot, Nepal.

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