This project will undergo some major changes in the next 30 days. After ten years of starting and operating health clinics in the Rasuwa District of Nepal, we will be transitioning management of our clinics to local control. There comes a time in every project's life-cycle when it is time for donors to exit and allow local communities to go forward on their own and that time has arrived. Clinics and hosptials we've started in the past decade will be under local control.
That does not mean that Mountain Fund is getting out of healthcare for villages. We will now be working with Helping Hands Hosptial instead. This is a nonprofit hospital and the cheapest hospital in Kathmandu with full-services and all hosptial facilities including ICU, Surgical Theatre and more. 80% of the patients are from the same rural areas where our health clinics are located and we've been referring patients to this hospital for years now.
Founded by Dr. Gupta Shrestha five years ago, Helping Hands has seen over 250,000 patients and averages 200 a day. The villagers all come here for medical services that we cannot provide in rural settings. Every year Helping Hands provides $30,000 of free, or discounted services to the poor who need lifesaving care and cannot pay for. Our new health mission is to help the hosptial continue to provide that care and expand it's ability to give free or discounted services when it's needed.
We've seen first hand patients treated in the ER, in the surgical unit and the ICU who would have died without treatment and cannot pay for the treatment that saved them. We've seen a boy from a poor, rural family get free sugery to reset a broken leg that had been broken years earlier and caused the boy to be a cripple. He's walking find now thanks to the hospital.
So, our rural medicine program is shifting directions and supporting more complicated care for villagers. We hope you'll stay with us and support us in the transition.
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