10 million Nepal citizens lack access to healthcare.
But Nepal’s public healthcare infrastructure, compounded by the 2015 earthquake, was ill-equipped to address the needs, and many preventable deaths continued to occur.
A Platform for Possibility
Our work in Nepal began in 2008 in a region of over 260,000 people who make $141 per year, located 36 hours by bus from the capital, recovering from a 10-year civil war, and without access to a single healthcare provider.
We were told our vision for healthcare would not work.
We wanted to prove that all lives share equal value, and if you solve for those who need healthcare the most, you are closer to achieving healthcare for all.
Nepal has some of the most progressive healthcare policies in the world.
The constitution guarantees the right to health and universal healthcare for all.
But executing on those policies remains a challenge in rural areas, and millions don’t get the care they need from the traditional private, public, and philanthropic approaches.
Patients needed a new model that enables a nonprofit healthcare company to be paid by the government to deliver healthcare within the government’s infrastructure.
Nepal’s government wanted to pioneer this approach, inviting us to expand our partnership and develop new ways of approaching healthcare, customized to the social, political, and economic environment.