Why Our Work Matters?
Over 1 billion people worldwide, and 10 million Nepalis, lack access to quality healthcare, due to their distance from quality care. As a result, many preventable deaths continue to occur.
Access to essential health services still remains out of reach for over half the world’s population.
Investments in healthcare have typically focused on single disease or single healthcare worker interventions. The result is fragmented health systems that are inefficient and ill-equipped to address evolving population needs. The recent 2018 Astana declaration affirmed the need for integrated primary healthcare delivery systems to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable development goals.
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, and millions continue to be left out.
Our work began in 2008 in a remote region, where people made on average $141 per year. Located 36 hours by bus from the capital, and still recovering from a 10-year civil conflict, this region of far west Nepal suffered from limited access to a single healthcare provider.
Over the past decade, we have worked in partnership with the government of Nepal to develop, test, scale, and influence innovations in integrated care delivery.
We work within the government system, while we leverage global best practices.
1) Nepal has a commitment to decentralization via its municipal structure;
2) Nepal is committed to reducing out of pocket expenditures through national health insurance;
3) Nepal is 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, far from urban centers.
We are firm in our belief that when you solve for those who need healthcare the most, you get closer to achieving healthcare for all.