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The clinics are part of an extensive out-reach program designed by Rabjam Rinpoche, involving the Shechen monks and nuns in the health of the local communities.
Shechen Clinic, Nepal

Latest Shechen Clinic Newsletter (PDF)

Nepal has a poorly developed infrastructure that makes health care for its people virtually unavailable. When When Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche founded Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery founded Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery [monasteries/Nepal]in Baudhanath, Nepal in the early 1980's, he had wanted to eventually include a medical clinic to benefit the local community.

The Shechen Medical Clinic was inaugurated by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, the abbot of Shechen Monastery, in October, 2000. It is located adjacent to the Monastery in Baudhanath, an overcrowded refugee community in a suburb of Kathmandu, the capitol of Nepal. The Clinic provides quality medical care, regardless of religious, ethnic or political background, to the large community that includes refugees from Tibet and people from the mountain regions. Services are provided on a sliding scale cost bases and, in the case of very poor patients, all medical care and medicines are provided at no cost. The Clinic sees over 3,500 patients a month.

The Clinic offers various healing modalities. In addition to allopathic medicine and dental care, it provides traditional Tibetan medicine and alternative therapies such as homeopathy and acupuncture. The medical staff includes four Nepali family doctors, a physician specializing in Tibetan Medicine, a woman gynecologist, a homeopathic Nepali doctor, trained nurses, a laboratory technician, and visiting foreign doctors and therapists. There is a laboratory for blood, urine and stool analysis and free HIV testing, as well as a pharmacy and tuberculosis services.

The general political situation in Nepal remains uncertain and a large part of the country is in the hands of the Maoist insurgents. Consequently about 60,000 people have fled the conflicts in the countryside and come to the relative peace of the Kathmandu Valley. Most of these displaced people are in a dire situation and a large number of them are single mothers with children.

To meet this pressing need, Shechen Clinic has expanded. Our new wing includes a hospice, a conference room, additional rooms for volunteer doctors, and an improved laboratory. We now estimate that over 60% of our patients are treated and provided medications free of charge.

Shechen Clinic is largely supported by private and foundation donations. This holistic charitable clinic is among the first of its kind in Nepal and is one of the few outreach programs initiated by a Tibetan monastic community to serve the local lay and monastic communities.



Family Planning Center

There is an urgent need for in-depth family planning in Nepal. The mortality rate at birth for mother and child, and during a child’s first years is one of the highest in the world. Therefore, family health education is one of Shechen Clinic’s major concerns. The Family Planning Center for Reproductive Health occupies a wing in the Shechen Clinic and treats about 300 - 350 people per month with a seventy-five percent return rate. This number is expected to increase to 800 patients a month once the facilities are expanded. The Center serves the poorest of women and offers them authorized and specialized consultations, which are practically non-existent for poor families in Nepal.

The Family Planning Center offers social services to abused and abandoned women and their children. The Clinic provides follow-up care and referrals for all our patients.

Dental Clinic
The Dental Clinic uses the most modern equipment and skilled dentists to provide dental care for those who would otherwise not be able to afford it. There are two fully qualified dentists and assistants and a prosthesis specialist on staff. Visiting foreign dentists work at the Clinic on a volunteer basis. We have recently added another dentist office with two additional chairs to meet the increasing needs of the community.

India

Shechen Monastery has a small branch monastery a few hundred yards from the Bodhi Tree and Enlightenment Stupa in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, the poorest state in India. Medical help is not available in the outer regions of the state where most of the people are impoverished or destitute. A mobile clinic in this area seemed to be the best way to reach this diverse community of Hindus, Buddhists and “untouchables.” There is also a Tibetan Medical clinic and dispensary on the grounds of the Monastery.

The Mobile Clinic operates from its headquarters in Bodhgaya and is equipped with a simple laboratory for immediate analysis. It makes regular stops at locations throughout the surrounding area of Bihar providing free health services. Many infant and childhood diseases can be treated through the clinic and the infirm and poor with no means of transportation are able to consult a physician. The staff gives instruction on sanitation and preventative care. Plans are underway to also construct a permanent allopathic clinic. This is one of the rare programs created and run by a Tibetan monastery specifically to help a local community.

The Indian Clinic has the following wish list for donations both small and large. Click here for instructions on making a contribution.

US $
SHECHEN MEDICAL CENTRE/ MOBILE CLINIC WISH LIST
(BODHGAYA,  INDIA)
$100
One wheelchair
OR Three months of treatment for one TB patient
$200
Six months of treatment for one adult TB patient
$500
Fifteen days of expenses for fuel and maintenace for the Mobile Clinic
OR Eighteen months of treatment for one TB patient
$1,000

Purchase of laboratory material for three months
OR Construction of one simple deep tube well in low-lying areas
(to provide clean safe drinking water)

$1,800
Provision for two months for poor people's fund for very poor patients: supplementary food, blankets, specialised reference to hospitals for X-Ray, MRI, CT scan et al.
$2,000
One month's salary for medical centre & mobile clinic staff or, one deep tube well in rocky and hard soiled areas with difficult terrain (for Clean & safe drinking water)
$2,500

One month's salary for the staff of the Medical Centre & Mobile Clinic
OR Consruction of one deep tube well in rocky terrains (for clean and safe water)

$5,000
One month of operating expenses for the Mobile Clinic Twenty-five days of medicines for the Mobile Clinic and Medical Centre
$7,500
Two months of operating expenses for the TB program
$10,000
One month of operating expenses for the Medical Centre & Mobile Clinic: includes salaries, medicines, fuel, and miscellaneous expenses  


Tibet

Shechen Clinic adjacent to the Shechen Monastery in eastern Tibet has treated over 6,000 patients and has been invaluable to the local nomadic community in this remote region. The Clinic has a permanent resident physician, a dispensary for medicines and a recently added in-patient facility.

Shechen Tibet Projects Program has built and maintained over twelve other medical clinics and dispensaries throughout eastern Tibet. The program also sponsors the training of young Tibetan doctors and is initiating the import of medicines into the region. This year, a volunteer physician came for a month to assist in patient treatment and plan improvements in medical care. In the future, the program hopes to extend such initiatives to other doctors.


We welcome the participation of medically qualified volunteers – physicians, nurses or others - who want to work in the clinics, even for a brief period of time. Contributions in the form of funds, medicines and supplies are urgently needed for all the Clinics. If you can help, please contact clinic@shechencinic.org.np or shechen@sprynet.com or donate to the clinics online with a credit card or PayPal account by clicking this donate button and filling out the secure PayPal form:

updated 01/10/07