What is HAPSA?
HAPSA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality and affordability of health services in rural Nepal. Our innovative model enhances government health services by fostering community participation and directly supporting health facility staff.
We currently work in two villages on the outskirts of Kathmandu: GhumarChowk and Lakuri Bhanjyang. By working alongside the government sector health system, HAPSA aims to develop an effective model of community-centric health care that can in then inform national health policy.
Nepal is a landlocked country found in South Asia, between India and China.
It is home to the tallest mountain in the world and around 30 Million people. While it is rich in history and diverse cultures, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and its people and communities face many health challenges.
What’s the Problem?
On April 25th, 2015, a massive earthquake hit Nepal killing 9000 people and leaving 3.5 million people homeless. In addition to all the devastated lives and livelihoods, many health facilities were destroyed. Rural areas, which are where most of the country’s population lives, were the most affected by the earthquake.
Yet even before the sudden catastrophe of the earthquake, rural populations had long suffered from inadequate or absent health services, due in part to Nepal’s mountainous terrain and decades of poor government responsiveness. In the absence of easily accessible and affordable healthcare, many would forego needed care or end up deeper in poverty as a result of private health care expenses. Now after the earthquake, both access to healthcare and economic stability are that much more impaired.
So…How can I help?
We are rebuilding better after the earthquake and we need your help! Your financial contributions go a long way to sustain our long term mission of supporting community-centric health advancement programs by facilitating local self-advocacy, partnering with the government, and coordinating technical and material support.
Any contribution is helpful, no matter how big or how small.