The reason why the Shanti pharmacy is so well stocked with medications is primarily due to an initiative in Traar, a small town near Krefeld, Germany. The bazaar group from the local church community regularly holds a large Christmas market during the holidays, which brings in annual revenues of around € 15,000. The money is transferred to Aktion Medeor, which obtains the medications Shanti requires and sends them to Nepal.
The patients receive the medication dosed out for a few days – only with a prescription from the doctor. The issue of medication is carefully documented and recorded in the patient file.
The pharmacy is equipped according to recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Primarily the medications kept in stock are those the WHO considers necessary to combat the most common illnesses. This includes antibiotics in particular as well as pain medication, anti-inflammatories, worm medication and preparations to treat bronchitis and other cold sicknesses.
Many women have damaged air passages because they cook on open fires in closed rooms and are exposed to heavy and harmful smoke. For this reason, all of the cooking areas at Shanti are placed in covered, but open courtyard areas in order to prevent such damage.