Anyone who has driven around Nepal knows how dangerous its roads can be. Before the 1950s there were only a handful of vehicles operating in the Kathmandu Valley, the road network in the countryside and hills being used primarily for foot traffic. In the past few decades, however, with a dramatic expansion of the middle class, economy and population, there has been a massive increase in the number of vehicles on the road as well as the construction of many new roads that twist along the hillsides and mountains of Nepal, almost all  of which are poorly constructed and unsafe.
Linked to this expansion, Nepali Police statistics report a four-fold increase in the number of fatalities due to road accidents in the past decade. In 2012 alone, there were 11,747 traffic accidents resulting in 1,734 fatalities. 

The RNN's mission is to help address this dramatic rise in accidents and deaths by teaching volunteers amongst roadside communities in Nepal basic methods of  administering first aid to victims. All too often, a lack of both basic first aid knowledge and a lack of confidence (or unwillingness, due to cultural barriers such as caste) to help have resulted in many deaths that could otherwise have been preventable. In Nepal, where hospitals are all too often far away and an ambulance may take a long time to arrive or not come at all, knowing how to dress wounds, splint bones and protect the body and spine from further damage can often be the difference between life or death, as well as preventing further injury during transport. Additionally, this knowledge for treating basic injuries incurred in day-to-day village life (such as burns, cuts and lacerations, broken bones and animal bites) is of great use as  it can save a family an expensive and often unnecessary trip to a clinic.

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  • In that refresher program, Sajan Neupane told us about the activities he did after getting the training interestingly. He told us that when his sister-in-law got choked while having her food, he helped her to take that bone out by the technique taught by the training from Rescue Network Nepal. He told that he was quiet benefitted with this training and if he was not there on time, he would have probably lost her. He had also learnt how to lift a heavy person in the training and in the same way; he lifted a heavy person and aided him. He had done many dressings and also made good utilization of all first aid tools given by Rescue Network Nepal and helped many people.

    sajan neupane

  • One of the participants named Sara Shrestha had also taken the training and she had come for refresher program. Although she was less educated, she was happy to get the training. She learnt how to help people when they are faint. She liked women's health and nutrition classes most in our training. Moreover, she wants to learn more of it and help women in her village and church.

    sara shrestha

  • She was also participating in our refresher program. From the very beginning, she wanted to participate in helping people in need. Indeed, she had helped people in different accidents by lifting them up from the place of accident. However, after getting this first aid training, she had helped more than 150 people by doing dressing to their wounds. Due to lack of medicine, she was unable to provide better services and she wished to get support from Rescue Network Nepal.


    Durga Biswakarma Koirala