Rethinking Nepal’s Healthcare System
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 disaster to befall Nepal in modern history. They killed almost 9,000 people and left an estimated 2.5 million people homeless.
They have left the country in an “acute on chronic,” meaning an acute emergency has been layered on top of a chronic one.
Nepal had a frail public healthcare system before the earthquakes. In the aftermath, over 1,100 healthcare facilities were damaged or destroyed.
We Are Committed to Building Back Differently
To respond to this crisis, we are rethinking the healthcare system in one of the worst-hit districts.
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 began rebuilding 21 health posts. And we’ve taken over management of a main hospital hub, where we offer 24/7 inpatient, surgery, and emergency services.
It Wasn't Just One Day and It Wasn’t Just One Earthquake.
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How We're Building Back Differently
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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.
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.
Phase III: Implement our 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 most isolated regions since 2008.
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
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