By: Aarshiya Gorkhali
On 28 June 2022, the 9th and 10th graders of Premier International IB Continuum School attended a guest lecture on skin and edema therapy. The event took place in the school auditorium in the main building from 10:00 am – 11 am. The guest speakers of this event were Ms. Sarai Kuiperes, and Ms. Rosa Hessel; Students with bachelor’s degrees in Health Sciences from the University of Utrecht, and they were accompanied by Mr. Samrat Singh Basnet; Founder of MeRO Nepal. The event started with the introduction of the guest speakers and Mr. Samrat introduced himself and his NGO, ‘MeRO.’ MeRO’ is a non-profit organization led by Mr. Samrat, that provides medical rehabilitation free of cost to Nepalis. The NGO was established after the 2072 B.S earthquake when he saw that people were not getting the necessary medical service they required. The NGO has partners in the Netherlands, from where the students came to work selflessly as interns. Two of them were Ms. Sarai Kuiperes and Ms. Rosa Hessel who came to the school as guest speakers.
The guest speakers are currently university final year students who are working towards receiving their degree in skin therapy. They talked about their studies, skin therapy, and care, and discussed the field that deals with skin rejuvenation. This career option, according to them, is very similar to that of dermatology but focuses on burns, eczema, acne, wounds, and scars. They also talked about the unrealistic influence of social media, which makes teenagers insecure about their skin, but reassured the students that all skin is unique and people do not have to be insecure about it. Similarly, they also shared the steps to maintaining healthy skin which comprise cleansing, treating, hydrating, and protecting.
At the end of the interactive session, the guest speakers held a short quiz regarding skin to test the knowledge of the students on the topic. The students participated with enthusiasm, and this ended with a short question and answer session where the audience cleared up any confusion they had.