For nearly a decade we've been supporting small health clinics in rural Nepal. These clinics make basic health services accessible to thousands of rural villagers near the border with Tibet. It costs an amazing $1.00 per person, per YEAR to hire medical staff and provide basic services.
There are no health clinics in many rural villages in Nepal. It is often a full day walk, or more, over rough trails to reach the nearest government health post and often those health posts have no staff or no medicine. Thousands suffer needlessly and are denied the most basic health services including skilled child delivery assistance. Hundreds of women die during unattended child birth and hundreds of children die for lack of the most basic health services.
Since 2005 we've been working with local communities to establish basic health clinics. The village provides a building and we provide the equipment, staff and basic medicine. Villagers pay a token amount, if they are able, for services and medicines, typically the equivalent of a dime for a clinic visit and pennies for medicines. It's a partnership between Mountain Fund and the village. The village has a buy-in and a stake in how these clinics operate.
The literacy rates in this area are half of the average for the country. People are primarily subsistence farmers. For this area to develop, women and children have to survive. Children cannot learn and become educated if they are not healthy enough to attend school and learn. Health is the base of development in these rural villages. Without health care, life just won't improve.
Only 49% of rural women receive antenatal care. Only 10% of rural women receive assistant from a trained birth attendant. - Harvard School of Public Health, research report
Total Funding Received to Date: $451
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $14,549
Total Funding Goal: $15,000