Dear friends, 

On the two-year anniversary of the massive earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015, I write to share information about the work we’ve been doing to help rebuild Nepal, the work that remains, and to appeal for your support. After the devastating earthquake 2 years ago, I raised some funds to help 2 villages, GhumarChowk and Lakuri Bhanjyang, rebuild their health system with an innovative approach. You can find more information about the model in these places, our activities, and vision on our website.

My team and I have been hard at work these past two years. We’re thrilled to announce that HAPSA – Health Advancement Programs Serving All – is an officially recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization! Furthermore, our sister organization, HAPSA-Nepal, is an officially recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Nepal!

Briefly, here is what the the HAPSA team has been up to the past two years…

1) Reconstructed 2 health centers to serve about 5000 people:

  • Community health center in GhumarChowk, Sankhu
  • Government health post in Lakuri Bhanjyang, Lamatar

2) Formed innovative partnerships to study and advance primary health care:

  • Official agreement with the Government of Nepal to help manage and add services to the government run Lakuri health post
  • Agreements with NGOs (From the Ground Up and Nepal Youth Foundation) to establish permanent health centers in both villages
  • Agreements with each of the communities to get community leadership involved in healthcare decisions

3) Hired and trained health assistants, provided equipment, and created protocols to run the community health center in GhumarChowk in partnership with the local committee.

4) Conducted health, dental, and eye camps in respective villages:

  • Partnered with Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology to provide free cataract surgeries
  • Conducted health camps to screen chronic health problems
  • Started comprehensive health needs survey and recorded medical history for appropriate follow up

5) Inspired a team of dedicated HAPSA-Nepal members and volunteers to work continuously at the grassroots levels.

6) Created protocols and health education guidelines for chronic health issues.

7) Consulted with public health experts, the Government of Nepal (including the Minister of Health), and NGOs to support our vision.
 

None of this would have been possible without your help.

In my journey these last 2 years, I have come to understand that the health care disparities stem from deeper, chronic systemic issues. The effects of the earthquake exacerbated these deficiencies, and we now have an opportunity to address them. I have formed a dedicated team at HAPSA, and we have made it our mission to help rebuild and strengthen Nepal’s healthcare system through community-centric health advancement programs. To do this, we will need all the help we can get. We envision our model to be replicable throughout the entire country.

Today, to commemorate the 2015 earthquake,
we are officially launching our NEW WEBSITE and our fundraising campaign. Our goal is to raise $100,000 over the next 50 days to support HAPSA’s activities in the upcoming years. Click HERE to donate.

Your support got us to where we are today, but there is much more to do. I personally assure your contributions to HAPSA will support these villages and expand our vision of community-centric health care. Furthermore, your donations will be tax-exempt.

Please explore further the work that has started on our Website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, here is a link to my op-ed piece published in The Kathmandu Post today appealing for system strengthening work.


Today, to commemorate the 2015 earthquake,
we are officially launching our NEW WEBSITE and our fundraising campaign. 
Our goal is to raise $100,000 over the next 50 days to support HAPSA’s activities in the upcoming years. Click HERE to donate.

Your support got us to where we are today, but there is much more to do. I personally assure your contributions to HAPSA will support these villages and expand our vision of community-centric health care. Furthermore, your donations will be tax-exempt.

Please explore further the work that has started on our Website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, here is a link to my op-ed piece published in The Kathmandu Post today appealing for system strengthening work.


Deepest gratitude,

Ramu Kharel, M.D., M.P.H
Founder, HAPSA



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