Ribbon Cutting and Rising Walls
Revitalizing Healthcare in Nepal
The earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this year destroyed over 1,100 healthcare facilities, leaving hundreds of thousands without access to care.
Our team at Possible just finished reconstructing our first health clinic in Dolakha District, which alone served over 5,000 patients a year and was destroyed as the ground violently shook.
20 additional clinics are moving in the same direction.
In addition to rebuilding clinics, our team has also reopened a hospital hub in Dolakha District, where we are expanding our model of durable healthcare.
In a historic 10-year agreement with the Ministry of Health, Possible has signed an agreement to run a hospital hub in Dolakha: Charikot Hospital. This is a Public-Private-Partnership like the other hospital we run in rural Nepal, yet for the first time in the health sector of Nepal, it’s being run with an integrated staffing model.
Within five days of re-opening the hospital, we started services, including surgery. In a little over a month, we were providing full spectrum inpatient, emergency, and outpatient services, and the electronic health record had been deployed.
For the last eight years in Nepal, we have been designing and executing a model of healthcare delivery that can reach the furthest rungs of rural societies. And now our government partners have invested in us through a second public facility— a massive show of trust in our systems.
We are determined to prove it is only the beginning.
Recently, two important government partners visited our work. Ananda Pokharel, the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation and representative of Dolakha District, attended our health clinic opening:
“We [the government] want to work with able partners to build back healthcare infrastructure destroyed by the earthquakes. And we want to make sure that when we find these partners, government institutions step up to match their work in efficiency and effectiveness.”
Similarly, Mr. Shanta Bahadur Shrestha is the Secretary at the Ministry of Health. He came to visit both of our hospital hubs in rural Nepal.
“Healthcare is a human right, and we have guaranteed free universal care in the Constitution. For us to execute on that promise we need to build out a robust system that the public will trust. What we are doing here [in Dolakha and Achham] is a revolution in the way the public systems function…..Out of the thousands of NGOs in Nepal, the government needs to choose to partner with the best, and with what I have seen here, Possible is one of them. I, as representative of the Government of Nepal, request the international community, to continue supporting and investing in the work being done here.”
We still have a long way to go to. But this story is an encouraging—and important—step forward. As walls continue to rise, and ribbons continue to be cut, we are determined to build healthcare back better in Nepal.