We work in Nepal because it’s a platform for possibility and a model-market fit.
A Platform for Possibility
Our work in Nepal began in one of the most impossible environments imaginable.
It started in 2008 in a region of over 250,000 people that made $141 per year, lived 36 hours by bus from the capital and healthcare center of the country, were recovering from a 10 year civil war, and didn’t have access to a single healthcare provider.
We were repeatedly told our vision for healthcare might work in some places, but not there.
Which is precisely why we embraced the challenge, and charged forward determined to defy the status quo.
We wanted to prove that all lives share equal value.
We knew that if we could create a healthcare model that worked fully for the poor in a region labelled “impossible,” our innovations and proof would be more powerful.
Nepal has some of the most progressive healthcare policies in the world.
The constitution guarantees the right to health and universal healthcare for the poor.
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 to healthcare.
As a result, it’s a country ripe for a new, durable approach.
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 model in partnership with them and develop new ways for healthcare outcomes to be measured and funded.