Joe Niemczura: Kathmandu Critical Care

Niemczura is an American nursing instructor at that University of Hawaii. His is currently in Nepal, working on a nursing education project. His blog Kathmandu Critical Care chronicles his Nepal adventure-getting a cell phone, working through the country’s “system”-which seems very archaic and outdated at times, for example the number of certificates you need to present to get simple things done like opening a bank account or getting a phone, and also about Nepal’s health care and education system.

His book  “The Hospital at the End of the World” describes  his experience working in a Nepali hospital and what it means to bring health care to the poor population in a developing country.

At Nepal Blogs, we have shared about “foreigners” blogging on Nepal and Nepali issues.  You get see your country and culture through an outsider’s eyes-always hilarious and sometimes pushes you to soul search. Go ahead and check out what Joe has to say.




3 thoughts on “Joe Niemczura: Kathmandu Critical Care

  1. Maternal Mortality is the death of a woman during or shortly after a pregnancy. Maternal health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. While motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health and even death. The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include haemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour. High rates of maternal deaths occur in the same countries that have high rates of infant mortality, reflecting generally poor nutrition and medical care. The main issue is that is associated with maternal mortality is the lack of access to skilled medical care during child birth and the distance of traveling to the nearest clinic to receive proper care. For reducing maternal mortality include access to health care, access to family planning services, and emergency obstetric care, funding and intrapartum care.

    I would like to suggest a documentary based on this issue – “No Woman Should Die Giving Birth: Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone”

    To watch please visit –

  2. Thank you for this publicity. I will enjoy your feedback and that of your readers. This is my fourth trip to teach nursing in Nepal. Yes, I wrote a book; and it is not yet available in Nepal though I am working to change that. At the beginning, I confess that I was unaware of the intense interest in my work on the part of Nepali people. *of course* they are interested! My idea is to work as partners. Please keep reading!

  3. Pingback: American Nurse in Nepal | Nepal Blogs

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