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Health Survey

In the summer of 2008, a health survey was carried out in Namsaling. This health survey is unique in two ways: first, it reached 95% of the households of the village, far greater than the small percentage of households in typical surveys; second, each home was mapped with GPS (global positioning system) technology – and the data has been mapped, using GIS (geographic information system). The below files are some preliminary results of the health survey.

The survey will serve as a baseline from which future surveys will be built and our implemented projects will be assessed. Future plans for the survey is to publish the results so each household in Namsaling knows the state of health in the community. In addition, the survey methodology will be presented to other organizations in Nepal so that they can go out and survey their communities. The survey will also be translated into other languages so that other EWB-USA chapters can use it as a health assessment and development tool.

We would like to thank the many partners who made this survey possible:

Dr. Victor Kumar-Misir, for developing the first section of personal health-related questions. Dr. Kumar-Misir created this set of questions, called the Medical Information gathering System (MIGS), in the early 1980s to assist physicians better treat the many non-English-speaking patients visiting the emergency departments in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. S.P. Pahari, former personal physician to King Birendra, for his 1988 translation of MIGS into the Nepali language. The teachers of Namsaling High School, for re-translating MIGS into plain language the villagers can understand.

Namsaling Community Development Centre (NCDC –, for providing logistic support in Namsaling for the 2008 health survey.

Nepal Community Development Foundation (NCDF –, for funding the 2008 health survey.

Molly Diekmann, Master’s student in epidemiology at Colorado State University, for coordinating the 2008 health survey.

Dr. Barry Bialek for organizing the initial 1988 health survey and suggestions for the 2008 survey.

Lastly, for all of the community members who freely answered all of 300+ questions to help improve their community.