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Welcome to HealthCare Nepal (HCN), an all-volunteer organization now in its 25th year of helping improve health and education in Nepal.

Recent Activities (updated December 9, 2023)

Health Camps:

December 2023 – HealthCare Nepal (USA) and Sagarmatha Health Foundation (Nepal) are sponsoring a dental camp in the town of Chheskam, Solukhumbu District, late this month. Our planning visit to Chheskam in November required a day and a half of travel by jeep from Kathmandu:
Day 1: 170 miles averaging 20 miles per hour
Day 2: 45 miles averaging 9 mph
We’re reaching those who are hard to reach!

April 2023 – With our friends from Sagarmatha Health Foundation (SHF), we completed a three-day dental camp at the Nepal Disabled Association, a residential facility in Kathmandu. 160 people received free care — fillings extractions, cleaning — from our team of dentists.

May 2023 – Again in collaboration with SHF, a team of 11 clinicians and 4 support staff provided free care to 1,700 people in Doti District, western Nepal. There were over 3,000 “clinic visits” to orthopedic, gynecology, dental, and vision services. Our cost per patient: $12.50

Ongoing Monthly – Cataract Screening and Surgery, Kathmandu District. In partnership with the Department of Ophthalmology, Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, we are providing monthly outreach programs to screen for cataracts and provide free corrective surgery. Over 4 months, 453 patients have been screened and 18 operations performed, with many more scheduled. The cost per surgery: $75-90

Pediatric Oncology:

We are providing free cancer care to six children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu. Each course of treatment is 2-3 years at a total cost of $4,000. The rate of cure: 90%

Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units:

HealthCare Nepal continues to support the NICU and PICU we helped establish in 2011 at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Nepal’s largest public hospital. Children from across the country are receiving life-saving care there.

Autism:

HealthCare Nepal has supported AutismCare Nepal Society for 13 years, helping it grow from a small group of committed parents with autistic children to a national resource providing education, parent training, vocational training, and advocacy to children and families across the nation.

Smokeless Wood Stoves:

Wood cooking fires are quite common in kitchens in rural Nepal and a cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Later this month, December 2023, smokeless stoves are being delivered to 20 families in the Sherpa village of Bochur, Solukhumbu District.

Shree Ram Secondary School, Kavre District:

For 16 years HealthCare Nepal has supported this K-12 school with classroom construction, water and sanitation systems, science and math labs, computer equipment, faculty training, curricular support, and classroom materials.

Your support has made all this, and more, possible. Thank you!

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National Public Radio’s Car Talk and HCN. An example of “Automotive Cardiology in the Field” as practiced by Dr. Subarna Acharya, another of HCN’s close friends and collaborators. In 2001, we hosted him in the USA for advanced training in cardiology.