We are proud to announce a new healthcare program, our very first in Nepal! Our local partner, Public Health Concern Trust, is an internationally-recognized NGO which brings cutting-edge healthcare to Nepal’s most marginalized people. Its medical school in Kathmandu is one of the best in the country.
IDRF and phect are working together on a teaching hospital in Kirtipur. Just four months after our grant, the hospital is already up and running! The post operative ward and waiting area are fully stocked, and surgeries have begun in the operating room. The hospital brings affordable, quality care to the local population, who are primarily low-income and depend on agriculture, small-scale industry, construction labor, and other informal work for their living. The hospital is also a classroom for medical students who will gain medical knowledge and a passion for social service.
Although we are now focused on India and Nepal, this is not IDRF’s first foray outside of India. In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, IDRF supported water resource management in Thailand and measles treatment in Indonesia in concert with the United Nations Foundation. We also supported an AIDS/HIV project health project in Cape Town, South Africa. We currently support Upakar in the US, which awards scholarships to brilliant but underprivileged Indian-Americans.