EVENTS AND CAMPAIGNS
Over the course of the Fall ’12 semester, our chapter participated in several fundraising activities, including Color Wars, which was held on December 9th, an AEPi fundraiser party on October 26th, scarf and holiday card sales, and the Giving Common Challenge. We received the Global Population and Environmental Program Grant, which won $500 for Nyaya Health and $500 for Tufts’ GlobeMed chapter. Some of our chapter members also participated in individual giving campaigns, which generated $1,090. We have also made efforts to enhance our ability to reach a larger audience of people by increasing our use of social media platforms to spread our message and encourage support for Nyaya Health.
Nyaya Health’s community health workers (CHWs) accompany patients across the emotional, educational, and literal distance to health in irreplaceable ways. The Community Health Program was designed to enhance the existing Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV) program sponsored by the Nepali government. The creation of salaried Community Health Worker Leaders (CHWLs) dramatically improved coordination, training, and reporting between clinicians and programs staff at Bayalpata Hospital and CHWs in the villages. CHWs constitute mobile teams providing outreach, triage, treatment and follow-up services to a geographically dispersed population. CHWs also play a critical role in Nyaya Health by providing disease surveillance, data reporting, patient referrals, patient education, and basic care. During the 2011-2012 school year, GlobeMedat Tufts funded the expansion of the Community Health Program to two additional Village Development Committees (VDCs), representing an increase in services to almost 2% of Achham’s population. Currently, the Community Health Program consists of a total of 9 CHWLs (one for each VDC) and 92 FCHVs.