Why Nepal

Mission Statement

The mission of Himalayan HealthCare is to provide sustainable development programs in remote/impoverished areas of Nepal, focusing on gender-sensitive primary healthcare and rights, community education, income generation and disaster preparedness and response.

Nepal is one of the most impoverished nations on Earth.
 
A Nepali village in the Himalayas
According to the United Nations, Nepal ranks 138th in the world in overall human development, behind such countries as India and Bangladesh and one of the least developed countries in Asia. About one-half of the Nepalese people live in poverty. They endure the typical problems of impoverished people around the world, such as high rates of malnourishment, childhood mortality and illiteracy.       

Poverty in Nepal is concentrated in rural villages and among lower castes and ethnic minorities. Learn more about who we serve. These villages are often located in remote, mountain villages that are geographically isolated and far from basic services. Subsistence agriculture is the rule, leaving villagers little opportunity to improve their welfare. These rural areas have seen little of the modest economic growth that has benefited larger cities in Nepal. Rural healthcare services are at best rudimentary, with government health posts often going unstaffed and undersupplied for years. Nutrition is inadequate; vaccination rates are poor. Access to education is irregular, and low literacy rates remain a barrier to economic progress. 

Political instability continues in Nepal, after the eleven year long battle bewteen Maoists and government forces. These political problems have hurt tourism in Nepal, one activity that had been delivering economic opportunities to some rural areas. The 2015 earthquake of 7.8 Richter devasted 14 regions of Nepal while it grapples to recover. Recent political developments leave us hoping for a more stable and and prosperous future in Nepal. In the meantime, poverty in Nepal remains severe. HHC has made the rural poor of Nepal its main target for assistance, focusing on key needs in healthcare, education and income generation. 

Covid Relief Nepal – Support HHC

The deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Nepal which started in mid-April had the highest rate of infection is the world of over 50% and we urgently reached out to friends, benefactors and partner foundations so that Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) could help alleviate the vast suffering in Nepal.

OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS
In two months in mid-June after a severe lockdown including grocery stores for over two weeks, the urban centers have an infection rate belwo 20% now. But the count of death has crossed 8000 and we still have close to 30 per day now even though it has come down significantly from over 200 last month. The prevailing delta variant of the virus and its new mutation are highly transmissible and seem virulent and has infected more young people between the ages of 30 and 40.

The virus raged through many rural regions of Nepal and with little vaccines herd immunity the natural way seems to be the only way out for Nepal! In spite of shortage of essential medical supplies many of the rural health providers continue to serve their communities in isolation camps setup at rural municipalities and villages. HHC has been able to reach out to some of them.

HOW HHC IS HELPING
HHC has reached out to its rural munIcipal partners of Dhading district in central Nepal, namely remote Ruby Valley, Ganga Jamuna, Khaniyabas, Tripurasundari, Gajuri and Benighat Rorang in support of over 100,000 community members with oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrator machines, pulse oximeters, PPE, medicines, etc.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP
HHC will continue to reach out to other partners as well and ill also help prepare for another possible wave in the future. Because of our long history working in all areas of Nepal, and our extensive medical and government contacts, HHC can mobilize quickly and effectively. We hope to collect and supply as many of these life-saving medicines, medical equipment and oxygen concentrators as our resources allow. We hope that you will help us by considering a donation to support our efforts.

Every contribution, no matter how small, can help us.
· $10 can help us buy masks and gloves;
· $20 allows us to provide full PPE for a health provider;
· $50 to $100 helps a patient with a full range of medicine, depending on severity;
· $1000 can help us purchase critical oxygen concentrator machines; $20 can help upkeep the machines continuously for a week

We know that the pandemic has been a global challenge and that many families throughout the world have suffered. But if you are in a position to help us to help the people of Nepal, please consider making a donation today.

You can make your tax-deductible donation online at https://www.himalayanhealthcare.org/donate
or send a check payable to “Himalayan HealthCare” to:

Himalayan HealthCare, PO Box 737 Planetarium Station, New York, NY, 10024