HAPSA’s current pilot projects have the following objectives:
1) Create partnerships to deliver quality and context appropriate health services in GhumarChowk and Lakuri Bhanjyang by:
Forming a Health Advancement Committee (HAC) at the villages with the participation of local leaders, VDC secretary, local teachers, police, women’s group, and youth.
Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the District Public Health Offices and Health Posts. We have formally entered into an agreement with the government and request that they to provide materials, personnel and services in their capacity; as part of this agreement, HAPSA will work with HAC to strengthen and support the services provided by the government.
Aligning the interest of government to provide “health for all” with community needs, and act as a mediator of health advancement.
2) Increase health awareness through dissemination of health education and information programs by:
Mobilizing students, local schools, local youth and international volunteers for awareness programs, using the community centric health center as a focal point for these activities.
Identifying specific gaps in health information and education in respective communities through HAPSA and HACs. These findings will be presented to the health service providers to cater to the community needs.
3) Work closely with government bodies and policymakers to share our findings and successes/failures by:
Keeping this model in the context of Nepal as a whole and consult/inform key policy makers about our findings.
If successful, we will push for a policy level change that supports community centric health care delivery.
At HAPSA – Health Advancement Programs to Serve All – We aim build and support programs that advance community centric health care. Initially founded at UT Austin in 2010 as a student organization, HAPSA started with health awareness education in parts of India and Nepal. However, the earthquake and major health challenges following that disaster in Nepal changed HAPSA’s direction.
Since the earthquake on April 25, 2015, HAPSA’s new focus became seeking to strengthen local health systems to provide health services based on the demand. Different pilot interventions were designed for each of these communities, which we describe as our “three-way partnership”
With the support of individual donors, HAPSA raised more than $20,000 to work towards the health advancement of GhumarChowk and a similar village, Lamatar. These villages are predominantly settled by Tamangs: communities that have been marginalized and oppressed in Nepal for decades.