what the nurses of Nepal need to know about cholera, part one May 13th, 2015


Cholera is endemic in Nepal, along with other diarrheal diseases. There are small outbreaks but these are contained before they get to the epidemic stage.

Haiti had a cholera epidemic after the 2010 earthquake, and people are worried that Kathmandu will have one.

Zimbabwe also had a cholera epidemic, and it got worse than it needed to be, because the health care workers there abandoned their posts. When that happened, there were cholera germs everywhere. You can control cholera in a hospital setting as long as the cleaners are doing their job.

When we think of disaster relief, we think of the soldiers and police and rescuers. But when it comes to epidemic, the nurses are serving the country of Nepal. Click here for a patriotic display by Nepali nurses!  The nurses are doing their patriotic duty to help Nepal.

I’m going to post some links on cholera, so that everyone can learn more about it.

Start with this one, which is a cartoon about how it spreads. We need to keep the sewage away from the  drinking water.

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add it with fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. I travel outside of Kathmandu Valley as well. When the recent violence happened, I knew the cities - I had trained people in those locations. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011. Global Health Nursing is not all sweetness and light; not solely milk & honey and happy moms and babies.
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