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A new beginning for the patient known as "Mr. Smiley"

Today news came of a high point in a story, passed on by many, that began on April 25, 2015.

The message read “Today, August 4, we transported our dear Mr. Smiley and his brother to Dhulikhel Spinal Cord Injury”. It was sent by Red Cross nurse Kirsty Robertson of Toronto who is part of the current Canadian Red Cross team working at the field hospital in rural Dhunche, Nepal. She was eager to share Mr. Smiley’s happy outcome, as it has been a team effort, the result of the care and concern of some of the 100 or so Canadians who have helped provide medical care to local people for over three months in the mountainous setting.

Natasha Osmond: sharing skills with new friends for a better future

Natasha Osmond, a perioperative nurse from Halifax, recently returned from Dhunche, a rural community in Nepal, where she worked at the Red Cross field hospital. On this, her first overseas assignment, Natasha was responsible for patient safety, legal aspects of nursing, and management of nursing activities related to surgery. 

​Resilience in recovery: three months since the Nepal earthquake

Today marks three months since the first of two earthquakes devastated Nepal. With more than 100 aftershocks, many people have lost their lives, homes and livelihoods. The earthquakes impacted 5.6 million Nepalese with more than 853,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

​Distributing relief in hard to reach communities in Nepal

At around eight in the morning on a dry Thursday morning during monsoon season, a big Red Cross truck full of relief supplies shows up in front of the local school in the community of Kalikasthan.  Volunteers start unloading hygiene kits, blankets, kitchen sets and tarpaulins.

Photo of the day: helping two sisters return to school in Nepal

Two sisters, 12 and 6 years old, used to come by the child friendly play space at the Canadian Red Cross field hospital every day. It was set up in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, in the community of Dhunche. One day, the older sister opened up to the Canadian Red Cross aid worker providing psychosocial support and told her their story.  Her family was experiencing issues that affected the two sisters and the girls hadn't been to school for at least a year. 

​Keeping communities healthy after the earthquake in Nepal

Eight colourfully dressed Tamang women sit in the community health post in Goljung in Rasua district, high in the Himalayas of Nepal. They’re the local community health volunteers and they usually take care of 10 to 15 patients a day in the remote community of 1,000. Today they’ve gathered around to meet the Canadian Red Cross health team.

Photo of the day: Teaching first aid in Nepal

Local Nepalese staff including drivers and translators hired to support the Red Cross field hospital in Dhunche are getting first aid training this week.

Dispatch from a Canadian nurse working in Nepal

It's hard to believe that I have already been in Dhunche one week. This morning when I got up, the sky was clear enough to see the snow-capped mountains in Tibet and Langtang Mountain. Usually, this region is a trekker’s paradise, but the earthquakes and ongoing instability of the landscape have changed that for now.

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