HELPING THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE OF
NEPAL TO HELP THEMSELVES
CAN is a UK based charity whose aim is to help some of the poorest people on the planet – the mountain people of Nepal.
It helps mountain people to help themselves raise their standard of living and strengthen indigenous, community-based culture
The world still continues to comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst things appear to be improving in the UK and Europe we have yet to see the worst in Asia, Africa and South America. We are pleased to report that all our staff, both in Nepal and the UK remain unaffected by the C-19 virus and we remain vigilant and proactive in ensuring all our staff are working safely and have the correct knowledge and PPE to carry out their duties.
Our brave nurses continue to remain at their health posts to continue the critical role in providing medicines and health care in the remote mountains. We have stocked up all our health posts with additional medicines and PPE in anticipation of any localised outbreaks. We are pleased to report that no cases have been identified within the remote valleys that CAN operates.
We continue to work closely with our Operations Director in Nepal, Murari Gautam, to ensure that systems and resources remain in place to try to keep our staff safe as possible and go on delivering essential healthcare in mountain communities.
Best regards and many thanks for your continued support,
Doug Scott and the CAN team
WHAT IS CAN DOING
TO MINIMISE RISKS?
Kathmandu office is now partially opened for 1-2 hours a day only for staff members who require access to printing and secure documents.
Social distancing and additional cleaning is in place. All other staff are working from home.
Daily updates from Health Post nurses, gathering status updates from villages
Working with local municipalities to prepare prevention and contingency plans
Stocked rural Health Posts with additional medicines and PPE
Reviewing food supply chains and ensuring basic food stocks are maintained in rural communities
Nurses have carried out ‘Corona Health Awareness Programme’ in local communities to educate on the benefits of hand washing and social distancing
All staff salaries paid throughout the pandemic
WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN NEPAL, JUNE 2020
13,564 official confirmed cases
29 official confirmed deaths
3,194 official recovered
10,341 official active cases
Border closed, no entry by air
Trekking an climbing season cancelled
Public gatherings and transport prohibited although many active protests taking place throughout Nepal
Partial business reopening’s and lifting of lockdown restrictions
Limited ability for testing
Limited PPE and medical supplies
Further limitations in rural areas
OUR KEY AREAS OF WORK
LATEST NEWS FROM CAN
EVENT UPDATE DURING COVID-19
It is with great regret that we have to cancel all 27 of CAN’s public lectures lectures in aid of Community Action Nepal.
The lecture tours are the main source of fundraising for CAN so the charity is facing its own challenging times as a result of the pandemic. However, whilst we are unable to deliver ‘live’ fundraising events this year we will be hosting a number of virtual events which you can join or donate online.
We are planning a special online 45th SW Face Anniversary celebratory event on the 24th of September 2020. There will be more information on the web site soon about this online event but please save the date. In the meantime if you want to get active and help CAN please consider doing the Everest Challenge 2020.
Thank you for your continuing support, Doug & The CAN Team