What I felt so far in resource limited setting.

A life in resource limited setting is quite unique experience for me who have lived in Japan. I realised that there are adequate things surrounding me ordinarily! I will mention something helpful in such poor resource places for a person who comes next just in case likewise some of my friends who work broad or developing counties advised me. 



Electronic Dictionary     電子辞書


An electronic dictionary that works without internet connection would be helpful, if you are not confident with medical terms, drug names and English very well. You may be able to do nothing due to power failure and poor internet connection. (It can be precious time, though...)

When I was facing troubles with internet connection, I used my handy electronic dictionary with English-Japanese, medical terms, abbreviations and medicine dictionaries. Phew! Nepali doctors and nurses are educated in English, so you can follow patients’ records in English, sometimes hand-writing looks hard to read, though.


Torches and portable chager with solar power  懐中電灯・ソーラー電池で動く充電器


Favourite snacks お気に入りのお菓子

For lunch and dinner, dal bhat tarkari achar (bean soup, rice, side dish(s) and Nepali pickles) are provided in training centre every day. Although it is yummy, you may feel bored with the same menu… so in your long stay, your favourite snacks and food would make you pleased since it would be time consuming to go to shops to buy snacks here. For instance, I am happy with herb candies for my throat pain at Kathmandu. Japanese pickled plum snacks are also nice as I have sometimes the munchies!




(Supper at the accommodation. 病院寮のご飯。)

Your country’s traditional food/goods 自分の国の伝統食物

Some Nepali may be interested in your county's culture. When I tried to eat Dal Bhat with five fingers like natives, one of the nurses requested me to teach how to use of Japanese chopsticks! I wish I could bring some! I found my Nepali friend’s father loves ‘Norimaki’, which is like a rolled sushi. I wish I would bring some edible seaweed sheets, Nori! It may be helpful if you have your favourite traditional food that you can show to the locals and colleagues. I will make freeze-dry Miso soup for them next time.




(My Nepali friend made dal bhat tarkari achar with "parwal", Trichosanthes dioica in English. ”パルワル”という小カラスウリでつくった、ダル・バート・タルカリ・アチャーをご馳走していただきました。)



(Making "achar" with a stone grinder to mix all the ingredients such as boiled tomatos, spices and solt. Amazing!)

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