Surmang Foundation

We work in a place that is 97% ethnic Khampa Tibetan. Our mission is to promote health among the ultra-poor, those who earn less that US 14/day, in remote Qinghai Province, China. With few roads, cars or electricity, creating access to services is a high priority.Our goal is to create greater access to health care and earlier intervention, applied to mother and child health. He hope to overcome world-record high maternal and infant mortality/morbidity. We have accomplished this with a regional medical center, a model for rural health care delivery among the ultra-poor that is being prototyped in the Yushu Public Health System.

Dr. Julie Carpenter with patient

Dr. Julie Carpenter with patient
Photo from Progress Report 'Our Peak Season on the Plateau' (view small | med | large | orig)

After Ge-la

After Ge-la
Of course part of the reward is being able to help in an area that is among the most beautiful places on earth. (view small | med | large | orig)

Mother and child

Mother and child
We are dedicated to making the source of life --women-- not the ones most at risk from death. Ours is a culture of life. (view small | med | large | orig)

Happy family

Happy family
Tibetans are very open about their love for their children and families are close. They are strong and independent. When a woman gives birth, it should be a time for help and celebration. (view small | med | large | orig)

evacuation

evacuation
For nomadic women, when there is a need for critical care, they must be evacuated by hand since there are few roads, no "911" and no family car to get them to a hospital. (view small | med | large | orig)

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