Children’s Medical Aid Foundation (CMAF) is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished children and families in Nepal by bridging healthcare needs with access to healthcare services. We facilitate the fund development, local and international partnerships and volunteer assistance required to provide no- or low-cost healthcare services to indigent families in rural, remote areas of Nepal. Our vision is to help make it possible for all children in Nepal to have the best possible chances for a healthy and fulfilling life by ensuring access to basic healthcare, and providing education and treatment for disfiguring birth defects.
Who Do We Help ?
Many children in remote villages do not receive medical treatment due to geographical constraints, poverty, lack of medical supplies or absence of trained personnel. Children’s Medical Aid Foundation facilitates access to needed healthcare services primarily for children and women in unserved and underserved areas in rural Nepal. All those in need receive our services regardless of caste, religion, or political beliefs.
How Do We Help ?
CMAF has two areas of focus:
- Corrective Surgery Program
- Medical Facility Development
We also solicit and collect medical supplies from donated sources such as hospitals, clinics and manufacturers in the U.S. These supplies are transported to Model Hospital in Kathmandu by volunteer couriers. We provide funds to support Model Hospital and the Plastic Surgery Department that hosts our Corrective Surgery Program.
In 2009 we began increasing our services to provide educational support for older children who need to be brought up to grade level to join their peers. We also participated in Phase I of a phect-NEPAL project to build a 50-bed hospital in Itahari, Nepal.
The local Nepalese surgeons, physicians and medical staff we work with understand the patient needs, cultural differences and political circumstances in Nepal that play a role in delivering a sustainable, comprehensive program. By donating to CMAF, you will be contributing to their efforts and making a difference in the lives of the children and families they serve.
Why a Corrective Surgery Program in Nepal?
Two percent of Nepalese children are born with a disfiguring congenital abnormality (birth defect) that is easily detectable at birth. Abnormalities of the face and extremities are especially severe for children and their families. Many of these children are kept hidden due to shame, guilt, superstitions or spiritual beliefs, resulting in these children being isolated from school and community life. The surgical outreach team locates these children, educates families and communities to dispel the fears and beliefs related to the causes, and informs them of the availability of free corrective surgery. This may be a child’s only chance to be freed from the stigma, shame and handicaps associated with having a congenital defect. Villagers with post-traumatic deformities such as burn contractures are also candidates for free corrective surgery.
The average cost of a each operation is $200. This covers transportation, food, lodging, surgery, anesthesia, recovery room, post op visits, dressing changes, all supplies, equipment needed and physical therapy sessions. Just think – for $200 you can be personally responsible for changing a child’s life forever!
Common Congenital Birth Defects
3. Microtia (ear deformity)