Announcing “The Himalayan Zap Trek 2017” GoFundMe campaign

Mention Nepal and everyone thinks of #Everest.


at the end of the time in Biratnagar, the farmers planted the entire paddy behind the guest house, as well as others. during this period, it’s like the hospital is an island in a large lake that’s only six inches deep. I left one day before the torrential rains began for monsoon 2016.

Thirty million people live in Nepal, and 99.999999999% of them do not live anywhere near Everest.  Nepal also has a large rice-growing region, where western tourists are rarely seen. See the above photo!

Since 2011, CCNEPal works on a project to improve health care for those people.

Maybe that’s a little vague. Try this:

Imagine a hospital with no Code Blue team. Nobody knows CPR, they don’t do “Rapid Response Teams” and if a patient crashes due to a predictable complication after routine surgery, it’s a hit or miss proposition as to the outcome. That’s the situation for most hospitals in Nepal.

It’s easy to say “Oh, it can’t be helped. Nepal is a low income country after and they are used to a short life span.”

CCNEPal’s answer? Yes it can be helped! Our answer is simple: we teach critical care skills in a two- or three-day intensive course based on the ACLS course of the American Heart Association (we adapted the content to fit Nepal and it is not the “official” course). We have taught ninety sessions, and given certificates to 2,885 nurses and doctors in that time in many regions of Nepal. We have created widespread awareness of the training and recognition of the need for this training after five years of work.

In 2017 the plan is to build on this work. In the past CCNEPal was privately funded but we need to find a new source of funding. So – The Himalayan Zap Trek 2017 was born.

What is a “Zap Trek”?

“Zap” is the sound made by a defibrillator when you shock a dying patient. (actually, “zork” is a more accurate term, but “zap” is used by doctors and nurses worldwide, so zap it will be). “Zap” is an onomatopea.

A “trek” is a long-distance hike in Nepal, such as the “Annapurna Trek” – considered to be the finest such experience on the planet and a lifetime bucket list item for any diehard outdoorsperson.

CCNEPal teaches how to defibrillate; we travel; therefore the name was born.

CCNEPal eschews trendiness, but – Zap Trek 2017 will have a trendy appeal.

GoFundMe site.

If we can get funding, our goal is

-to stay in Nepal for five months;

-teach 2,000 people;

-provide materials and equipment for hands-on training.

-teach at ten or more Medical Colleges, including every Medical College outside Kathmandu Valley; and

-improve our network of on-site trainers in all the large cities of Nepal, so that the training becomes embedded everywhere. If you browse this site, you will see our track record of success, but more needs to be done. For this reason, we have set up a GoFundMe site.

We’ll post a detailed budget breakdown in coming days.

Please share this widely.



About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

These blogs, and my books, and videos are written on the principle that any person embarking on something similar to what I do will gain more preparation than I first had, by reading them. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add to it 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. 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.
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2 Responses to Announcing “The Himalayan Zap Trek 2017” GoFundMe campaign

  1. Cameron Allen says:

    Joe, A voice from the past ooooooo.  Hey, take a look at, we just did a massive fundraiser for Vets with it and they do not take a cut like gofundme does.  Just my comment from the peanut gallery and once recover from being sliced and diced you will see a donation from me. Cameron Allen, CST, SFA

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