Health is a Basic Right of Every Child

Watabaran Mobile Health Service

Street children neither can afford to go to hospitals or clinics nor are they interested in treating their wounds which might lead them to life-long ailments. They are chased by people, society and even dogs bite them while toiling on the street. Due to lack of proper shelter, they are forced to dwell in unhygienic places like under the bridges of Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers. We have even found some of them using mud to make their wound stop bleeding and using plastic and dirty cloth as bandage. Children can be seen lying down on the footpaths tormented by flies and other insects. Considering this bitter fact, CWCN has started providing basic and first-aid health care support to them directly on the street. MHS runs three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the evenings. Besides this, health counseling is also provided to street children through peer educators. The MHS team consists of a team leader, a health assistant and two peer educators. CWCN believes that health care is the basic right of children—whoever and wherever they are.

Working towards Saving lives: 'When he was left to die.............'

Mobile Health Service (MHS) boys performs their work with great patience going to different areas of Kathmandu where street children pay no heed to their health. On 18th July 2005, Monday, the MHS traveled around Balaju Area and later on, went to a new place ‘Kaward’, where they found a boy on distress. His name was Raju and he was 22 years old. He had a kidney problem and had already undergone an operation few years earlier. But the pain had started again. It was difficult for him to urinate because of the puss. He said that he had spent a lot of money in his treatment earlier and hence, has no money left for further treatment. He had left his wife thinking that his disease is contagious and she would also get affected by it. Since then, he had been living on the streets.

Though MHS targets children below 18 years only, they decided to help Raju as he was in a tormenting condition. He was taken to hospital and regular follow ups were done. Hira Lal Giri and Rajesh from the Boys’ Center often took half-day leave from school to give time for the case. Raju needed proper care and since CWCN does not have a residential medical room, he was referred to our partner organisation which runs a 24-hour clinic. Now Raju is getting proper treatment in the clinic. Rajesh and Hira Lal are happy that they were able to help Raju when he was left to die on the streets.

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