Rachel HembladeRachel Hemblade is a familiar face at York Clinic. She’s been part of the reception and admin team for ten years. Having recently finished her training at the Northern College of Acupuncture, she is now a qualified acupuncturist and, later this month, is going to Nepal as part of an exciting acupuncture project…

“I will be going out to Nepal for 8 weeks to volunteer with the Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP), providing primary health care to the people of Bhimphedi and the surrounding areas. Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and over the past decade has been subjected to political unrest and military conflict. Since the devastating effects of the two earthquakes earlier this year, the people of Nepal are now also suffering from both the physical and emotional impacts of this trauma. In joining this project it is my goal to provide compassionate care and effective treatments to those in this rural and underserved area. We will also be providing training to local healthcare workers, giving them additional and cheaper methods of treating cases of chronic pain and other pathologies.

Since 2008, the ARP has provided more than 140,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside Kathmandu with limited access to healthcare. The efforts of this project include the treatment of patients living with HIV and AIDs as well as people suffering from extreme poverty and social disfranchisement. Common conditions include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery. The access we provide to basic care has an immeasurable impact on influencing both overall individual and a community health.

This project relies on the fundraising of its volunteers and donators, and would not be possible without them. Our goal is to raise £2300 ($3500) which goes towards the provision of clinic supplies, interpreters and clinic staff.

$10.00 provides for 10 people to be treated in our clinic

$20.00 pays a local interpreter for one week

$50.00 supports one practitioner for one clinic day

$100.00 pays for our team’s clinic supplies for one day

As well as providing aid to this in need community abroad I will gain invaluable experience that will undoubtedly improve my personal development and compassionate treatment of future patients back home. I feel privileged to be part of such efforts and I cannot wait to be part of this project.

Please help by donating to this cause and help me to provide the care and support these communities truly need. I will be writing a blog to keep you updated throughout the time – internet permitting!

Thank you.”

If you would like to support Rachel’s work in Nepal by making a donation, visit the ARP website. At the time of writing, Rachel has raised just under half of the £2300 target. On behalf of all at York Clinic, we wish Rachel all the best with her fantastic project.