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Nepal recently formally signed and adopted its first democratic constitution, which has taken decades to complete. This presents an opportunity to end inequalities and strengthen unity in Nepal’s diversity — across ethnicities, languages, religions, cultures, and geographies.
One part of the new constitution features basic healthcare as a fundamental right, which is critical to our continual partnership with the Nepali government to deliver high-quality, low-cost, and dignified healthcare to the world’s poor. Moreover, the constitution also emphasizes equity—which helps close gender and ethnic inequality gaps, and will have a significant impact on access to health.
Our own Medical Director, Dr. Bikash, has written about how the new constitution emphasizes universal healthcare, and how public private partnerships (like ours) are needed to ensure care will be high-quality—even in low-resource settings. Read it on The Nepali Times.
The constitution specifically states:
35. Right to Health
1. Every citizen shall have right to get basic health care free of cost from the state. No one will be restricted from emergency health care.
2. Everyone shall have right to get information about his/her health care.
3. Every citizen shall have equal access to heath care.
4. Every citizen shall have right to access to pure drinking water and sanitation.
Join us in celebrating this historic moment for Nepal as we continue to tirelessly work to deliver healthcare that solves for our patients.
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