Rebuilding Nepal’s Healthcare System
It’s been two years since devastating earthquakes hit Nepal.
Here’s what Possible is doing to rebuild healthcare in one of the worst-hit districts.
The earthquakes that struck Nepal in April 2015 represent the greatest natural disasters to befall Nepal in modern history. They killed more almost 9,000 people and left an estimated 2.5 million people homeless.
The Urgent Need
They have left the country in an “acute on chronic,” meaning an acute emergency has been layered on top of a chronic one.
Nepal already had a weak healthcare system before the earthquakes. Now, there are over 1,100 healthcare facilities damaged or destroyed and an increased burden of disease and disability.
We Are Committed to Building Back Differently
To respond to this crisis, we are rebuilding the healthcare system in one of the worst-hit districts.
Our mission is to comprehensively build back the healthcare system through our durable healthcare model. We signed a 10 year agreement with our government partners in Nepal to rebuild the healthcare system in Dolakha District, where over 85% of their healthcare facilities were damaged or destroyed.
We immediately began rebuilding 21 health clinics, facilities that are most frequently utilized by Nepal’s citizens. We’ve most recently taken over management of a main hospital hub, where we offer 24/7 inpatient, surgery, and emergency services for over 250 patients we see a day.
As our services increase to respond to a growing patient demand, we are working with the Nepali government to ensure damaged hospitals and clinics are rebuilt with earthquake-resistant design, so we can manage the entire healthcare system across hospitals, clinics, and community health workers.
Join Us in Rebuilding Nepal’s Healthcare System
The road ahead for Nepal is uncertain. But the need is not. Never before has it been so vital to prove it’s possible to build back the healthcare system differently.
It Wasn't Just One Day and It Wasn’t Just One Earthquake.
Click to see Nepal’s seismic activity from April 25th, 2015 to today
How We're Building Back Differently
Click to see how Possible is building back better.
Since April 2015, we've come a long way.
There is still much more to accomplish.
We are committed to both the immediate and long-term work of building back differently that can serve Nepal’s poorest citizens.
This will happen in three phases:
Phase I: Rebuild critical health infrastructure, which includes 21 clinics. Health clinics are the most frequently utilized healthcare facilities in Nepal. We will also install solar energy at each clinic with our partners, Sunfarmer.
Phase II: Operate a central hospital and establish a ten-year performance-based agreement with Nepal’s Ministry of Health & Population to support a hub-and-spoke model.
Phase III: Implement our durable healthcare model to include an electronic health record system, HR and project management platforms, household data surveillance tools, medical education, and quality improvement initiatives.
Progress in Dolakha District
Possible's role in rebuilding
How long has Possible worked in Nepal?
We have been delivering care in one of Nepal’s poorest and most isolated regions since 2008 and have treated over 250,000 patients. We currently manage a team of over 300 Nepali team members.
Why are you the right organization to help rebuild the healthcare system?
We built our existing healthcare model in a region of Nepal that had been devastated by a civil war and lacked a single healthcare provider for over 250,000 people. Our 7+ years of experience building a healthcare system from the bottom up in that region is very similar to the challenges faced in the districts most directly impacted by the earthquakes. We know what it takes to build a system from the bottom-up, where there is damaged infrastructure and a shortage of human capital. This is a natural extension of our previous work (i.e. doing what we are already doing but just at a larger scale), and we are fortunate to have a wide array of local partnerships in the private and public sector to support an ambitious and comprehensive healthcare plan.
Where will money that I donate go to?
Funds will go towards rebuilding the healthcare system in Dolakha District, near the epicenter of the 7.3 earthquake that struck on May 12th. Over 87% of its healthcare facilities have been damaged or destroyed. The money raised will fund a rollout of our comprehensive durable healthcare model, which involves the rebuilding of 21 clinics and management of a central hospital hub.
Additional funds will support the expansion of our existing hospital as a model for earthquake-resistant design to be replicated in regions impacted by the earthquake.
When will rebuilding start and how long will it take?
We signed a contract with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population in summer of 2015 to begin rebuilding 21 health clinics immediately through the end of 2016. We also have a 10-year agreement with the Ministry of Health to take over full management of a central hospital, Charikot, which offers 24/7 inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services. Full rebuilding will take 2-3 years, but we are building a durable healthcare system that will be there forever—and keep improving over time. The first four health clinics we are rebuilding are located in Lakuridanda, Lapilang, Boch, and Lamidanda.
Are you raising funds for Possible or partners?
We are raising funds for Possible. We elected not to raise funds for relief efforts and instead directed that funding to partners better suited to do relief work immediately after the earthquakes hit April 2015. Now that the country is in its rebuilding phase, we are committed to playing a direct, leading role in rebuilding the healthcare system.
Who should I contact if I’d like to discuss a fundraising idea?
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