Why Our Work Matters?
Over 10 million Nepalis lack access to healthcare, despite the Constitution’s guarantee of healthcare as a fundamental human right.
Plus Nepal’s public health systems, worsened by the 2015 earthquake, falls short of meeting the healthcare needs of the population, and many preventable deaths continue to occur.
A Platform for Possibility
Nepal has some of the most progressive healthcare policies in the world.
In 2015, the Constitution declared basic healthcare as a fundamental right for all citizens.
In 2017, the Parliament passed the National Health Insurance Act with an individual mandate.
But operationalizing these policies, and ensuring quality care, remain a challenge in rural areas, and millions are still left out.
Our work began in 2008 in a remote region of over 260,000 people who made on average $141 per year. Located 36 hours by bus from the capital, and still recovering from a 10-year civil war, this region of far west Nepal suffered from limited access to a single healthcare provider.
Over the past decade, with the Nepal government, we have worked in partnership to develop, test, scale, and influence globally innovations in integrated care delivery because:
1) Nepal has a new commitment to local self governance via its municipal structure;
2) Nepal is committed to financing universal health coverage and reducing out of pocket expenditures through national health insurance;
3) Nepal is an outward-looking country committed to learning from and sharing innovations with the broader global healthcare ecosystem;
4) Nepal has both hospital- and community-based care delivery strengths and gaps;
5) there are sizable underserved populations not reached by the current healthcare system that we can impact.
Patients need a model that leverages existing public infrastructure, with the innovation and best practices of global providers. This is the juncture where Possible works.
While mountainous terrain and limited transportation provides challenges both for patients and clinicians, we are firm in our belief that when you solve for those who need healthcare the most, you are closer to achieving healthcare for all.