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
Time Line: Health Foundation Nepal People residing in rural communities of Nepal are still struggling to get primary health care services. They face the issues of availability, accessibility and affordability of health services provided by the governmental and private sectors. With great enthusiasm, a group of physicians residing in the United States began preliminary discussions in early 2012 (late 2067 BS) about how they can contribute to improve the health of undeserved communities of Nepal. More than dozen physicians, with interests in both clinical practice and community health, formed a group with the goal of promoting rural health in Nepal. Major events in the development of Health Foundation Nepal include: January 13, 2012: First email discussions among young health professionals, mostly from Nepal but residing in the USA, regarding how the group can support and facilitate interest in improving health in undeserved communities of Nepal. March 2, 2012: Formation of a Facebook group to facilitate information dissemination and discussion. This was first named Health Professionals for Rural Communities but later changed to Health Foundation Nepal. May 20, 2012: The first meeting to discuss a concept paper developed by Shreedhar Paudel, which outlined the fundamental goals of the organization. The meeting was a webinar with 23 participants from Nepal, the USA, Australia, Europe and Africa. May 27, 2012: Further discussion by the group, based on the concept papers by Ashok Devkota and Shreedhar Paudel regarding mission, vision, goals and strategies of the organization. The proposed concept highlighted on establishing community health worker programs, a primary health care center and a training center as an initial step. June 8, 2012: Members Ashok Devkota, Binaya Raman Dahal and Rajan Paudel gathered in Kathmandu Nepal to discuss immediate steps of the organization which opened the door to analyze secondary data describing public health indicators of the proposed communities of Dang, Nepal. June 23, 2012: The second board meeting conducted via conference call elected an executive committee. The organization was renamed Health Foundation Nepal (HFN) with Shreedhar Paudel as an executive director and Kamal Chandra Wagle as a president. The meeting made important decisions regarding the analysis of secondary data from the project communities, approaches to assess health needs of the communities, methods to interact with existing health volunteers of the communities, designing a website of the organization, and registering the organization in the United States and in Nepal. July 23, 2012: Membership of 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 Paudel, Madan Raj Bhatta and Min Raj Adhikari. July – August, 2012: Comprehensive Study of Laxmipur and Saudiyar village development committees (VDC) of Dang, Nepal: this study, under the leadership of Rajan Paudel, analyzed secondary data pertaining to Saudiyar VDC and Laxmipur VDC of Dang and set the foundation for conducting community meeting to assess the health needs of the communities and designing an method to interact with the existing community health workers of the project communities. November 28, 2012: A community meeting to assess health needs of the communities was conducted under the leadership of Shreedhar Paudel. The meeting was coordinated based on the guidelines prepared by the research committee. December 2012: Started the research project “Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Maternal Health Issues and Child Nutrition of Saudiyar and Laxmipur VDCs of Dang, Nepal.” The research team worked to design the study and, with the help of expert panel in Nepal, the study was finalized and approved from the institutional review board (IRB) of Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu Nepal. The focus group discussions among the FCHVs and mother’s groups helped to formulate HFN project activities addressing basic health needs of the communities. March 12, 2013: The first meeting of HFN Nepal executive body, in presence of the HFN USA team member Dr Andrew Trotter, took place in Kathmandu. The meeting discussed about the registration of HFN in Dang, Nepal and the initial preparations to implement the projects. May 20, 2013: Health Foundation Nepal Inc. formally registered in New York State, USA as a not-for-profit organization. December 2013 : HFN Nepal was formally registered in Nepal and we began to sort out probable sites to establish an office, a training center and a health center. 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: We continued the program to address children malnutrition. 2015: Unfortunate earthquake hit Nepal in April of 2015. HFN team immediately convened and decided to work on earthquake disaster relief program. We initiated fund raising and mobilized a focused earthquake disaster relief program in Nepal. We continued our children malnutrition program and initiated home based rehabilitation program for malnourished children. Please see the details about Earthquake relief activity here. 2016: We continued our earthquake disaster relief program. We continued home based children malnutrition program. We initiated Chepang health clinic and Chepang education program. We also initiated rural primary care clinic to complement existing primary health care at times. We targeted those households who are far from the health care facility and who needed health are beyond opening hours of existing health care facilities.