“Currently we are on a mission to deliver 20,000 home isolation kits across the country. They are distributed by the concerned municipality to affected households,” says Kharel, whose team works directly with mayors and local representatives to distribute the kit.
He adds: “We value partnering with the local government and building the government’s capacity to serve its people. That is why our work is done in partnership with the municipal administration.”
Kharel works as an emergency medicine physician in the United States and has been in Nepal for the past three months. In collaboration with the Covid Alliance for Nepal, his team has also been actively involved in providing training to isolation centres, medical professionals, frontline doctors, and clinical care providers.
Kharel’s team had also been conducting meetings with mayors across the country to find out the kind of technical or material need the group could help with to counter the surge of Covid-19 cases in the villages.
In the course of our conversation with the mayor of Dhangadi, Nripa Odd, it became clear that one immediate point of intervention was encoring the large population of folks coming in from the district and from India to isolate at home for as long as possible,” says Kabita Parajuli of the Covid Alliance for Nepal. “With that in mind, some quick brainstorming yielded the isolation kit idea. The municipality’s enthusiasm and use of local resources was also instrumental in getting this off the ground.”
The kit includes a pulse oximeter, thermometer, at least 25 surgical masks, medications that are important during home isolation, sanitiser and soap, as well as a brochure on what to do and not to do while isolating at home. The brochure includes a video with detailed instructions on how to use the kit.