HAPSA members are young professionals from around the world who care about just, equitable health services for all. HAPSA is guided by its values to the cores. Based on these values, HAPSA supports sister organizations that have similar values. Current focus of HAPSA remains supporting HAPSA Nepal.
In GhumarChowk, the existing health post is too far for the villagers and utilization has been low because of this. Focus groups in this village strongly reflected the need of a closer health facility. The Rotary Club had sponsored a clinic for a long time in this village, but stopped doing so because they ran out of funds. Furthermore, this facility was destroyed in the earthquake. The villagers and the HAC of this village proposed a plan of turning an existing community building into a HAPSA-run clinic. The municipality has also agreed to donate some of their funds for transforming this building into a clinic. We will be coordinating with the health post and will conduct a needs assessment with the villager to prioritize services. Our plans include hiring a Health Assistant and a nurse for the clinic. We hope to partner with the health post to provide basic lab services. Management of chronic illnesses and awareness surrounding alcohol use will be main focus of this center. We will be working closely with the HAC to conduct regular needs assessments and understand demand. We will also work closely with the health post to keep track of supply. The clinic will function independently. Our partners from Institute of Medicine(IOM)- Teaching Hospital will help with healthcare delivery. The clinic construction process has begun and an agreement with the HAC has been reached
After the earthquake, we used some of the funds to build a temporary health post in Lakuri Bhanjyang. Following my meeting with the District Public Health Officer (DPHO) of Lalitpur, the health post workers, and the HAC, we decided to create partnership there that would be unique. We verbally agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DPHO that will allow HAPSA to help the government strengthen its already existing services and add additional ones as well. For example, DPHO is unable to provide a birthing center in this village although this is mandated. HAPSA will provide some funds and help the government to establish this. In return, the DPHO will allow the HAC and the HAPSA team to oversee the management of the health post. Furthermore, we will also incentivize the health post workers to work more hours by increasing their salary by 20%. In partnership with Institute of Medicine(IOM)- Teaching Hospital , we will also bring physicians to these villages for special care at least once a month. A formal MOU between the DPHO and HAPSA-Nepal has not been signed yet, and is currently a work in progress.