Health Foundation Nepal (Also referred as HFN) is a U.S. based Not-for-profit tax exempt 501(3) (c) charity organization formed by a group of volunteer professionals who believe in humanitarian support to people in need. We strive to provide financial and technical support to local organizations which are working in the field of community based primary health care and public health in rural Nepal. HFN always wants to keep herself away from any kind of political ideologies. HFN is registered in the USA and in Nepal as a not-for-profit organization.
Our Journey With the great enthusiasm to contribute in the health of people residing in undeserved communities of Nepal, a small group of health care professionals in US started a discussion on a concept to work on primary health care in rural Nepal in the beginning of the year 2012. The founding members of this group were Ashok Devkota, Kamal Wagle, Khagendra Dahal, Vijay Bhatt, and Shreedhar Paudel. Fortunately, more than a dozen of physicians, who were interested on community health besides clinical practice, became ready to form a group and move ahead promoting rural health movement in Nepal. Some of the major events of HFN in chronological order are as following:
January 13, 2012: Email discussion among young health professionals, mostly from Nepal residing in the USA, on the concept of rural health movement was initiated by Shreedhar Paudel.
March 2, 2012: Formation of a Facebook group: Health Professionals for Rural Communities (later changed to Health Foundation Nepal).
May 20, 2012, 8:00am-10:30am Eastern Time, USA: the first meeting on Rural Health Movement, Nepal to discuss the concept paper developed by Shreedhar Paudel. The meeting was a webinar and the participants were taking part from Nepal, Australia, Europe and Africa besides from USA.
May 27, 2012: E-discussion on mission, vision, goals, strategies and the framework of community health worker program backed by a health center initiated based on the concept papers by Ashok Devkota and Shreedhar Paudel.
June 8, 2012: Ashok Devkota, Binaya Dahal and Rajan Paudel, in Nepal, discussed about multiple aspects of the rural health movement which opened the door to analyze the secondary data of the proposed communities of Dang, Nepal. June 23, 2012: The second board meeting conducted via conference call elected an executive committee of Health Foundation Nepal (HFN). The meeting made important decisions on analyzing the secondary data of our project communities, assessing health needs of the communities, interacting with existing health volunteers of the communities, designing website of the organization, and registering the organization.
July 23, 2012: Nepal team was formalized and given the name expert panel of HFN in Nepal. The Skype meeting was coordinated by Shreedhar Paudel from New York and participants from Nepal were Prem Basel, Rajan Poudel and Madan Raj Bhatta.
July – August, 2012: Comprehensive Study of Laxmipur and Saudiyar VDCs of Dang, Nepal. This study analyzing secondary data pertaining to Saudiyar VDC and Laxmipur VDC of Dang set the foundation to conduct community meeting to assess health needs and design an interaction with the existing FCHVs of the project communities.
November 28, 2012: Community meeting to assess health needs of the communities was conducted. The meeting was coordinated based on the guidelines prepared by the research committee.
December 2012 – Ongoing: Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Maternal Health Issues and Child Nutrition of Saudiyar and Laxmipur VDCs of Dang, Nepal. The research team extensively worked to design the study and, with the help of expert panel in Nepal, the study was finalized and was approved from the IRB board of Institute of Medicine. The focus group discussions among the FCHVs and mother’s group have already been completed and the data are being analyzed.
March 12, 2013: The first meeting of HFN Nepal executive body, in presence of the HFN USA team Dr. Andrew Trotter, took place in Kathmandu. This meeting was a milestone to implement our projects in Nepal.
2014: Key work in 2014 is on Earthquake Disaster Relief program.
2015: Key work in 2015 is continuing work on earthquake disaster relief program and home based rehabilitation program for malnourished children.
2016: The new programs of 2016 are initiation of Chepang health clinic and Chepang education program; and other programs from prior years also continued. Please contact HFN Nepal team, if you would like to collaborate with HFN.