The Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine become honorary patrons of a Nepalese health clinic

The Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine become honorary patrons of a Nepalese health clinic
Author: Matej Ogorevc

On 28 November 2016, the Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, signed an agreement in which they undertake to monitor the operation of the medical clinic in Chyalsa (Solo Khumbu, Nepal). Together with the clinic’s founder Milena (Špela) Kristan, M.D., they will strive to achieve recognition of the clinic’s activities among the Slovenian and Nepalese public, as well as to connect the clinic with institutions which may be able to assist in its operation by providing professional staff or material aid.

By establishing a mountain guide school in the Nepalese Manang in 1979, and by providing urgent medical care for local population during mountaineering expeditions in Nepal, the Alpine Association, and hence Slovenia, has gained good reputation, not only in mountaineering, but also in humanitarian field. In 2013, a contribution to a better life in Nepal was also made by a health clinic in Chyalsa, which the doctor Milena (Špela) Kristan built with her own funds and with the help of donors. The aim of the clinic is to deliver primary health care for the local population in any way they can. Following the initiative of the founder and the veteran alpine climbers organized within the Commission for Alpine Climbing, the Alpine Association of Slovenia and the Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine also wish to contribute to the clinic’s smooth operation in the future by offering their active support.
To the best of its ability within the context of its cooperation with the Nepal Mountaineering Association and other Nepalese institutions, as well as a part of the long-term assistance to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, the Alpine Association of Slovenia will strive to ensure adequate support for the functioning of the health clinic in Chyalsa, as well as to include the clinic’s operation within the framework of international development aid programmes of the Republic of Slovenia. Within its capabilities, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana will support the clinic with expert advice and personnel. It will also endeavour to provide assistance and training to Nepalese health institutions in relation to the health clinic’s operation.

Planinska zveza Slovenije in Medicinska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani sta 28. novembra 2016 podpisali dogovor, v katerem se obvezujeta, da bosta spremljali delovanje zdravstvene postaje v Chaylsi (Solo Khumbu, Nepal) in si skupaj z ustanoviteljico Mileno (Špelo) Kristan, dr. med., prizadevali, da bo njeno delovanje javno prepoznano v slovenski in nepalski javnosti, kakor tudi pri strokovnih institucijah, ki lahko strokovno ali materialno pomagajo pri delovanju ustanove.

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