Healthcare in Nepal
Founded in 2009 by Dr. Devi Gurung States, a U.S. resident who was formerly an orphan living on the streets of Kathmandu, The Himalayan Family Healthcare Project seeks to improve the health of children and their families in the Manang District and surrounding regions of Nepal.
The people of Nepal live in one of the most beautiful but impoverished areas on Earth. Called the "Gateway to Heaven," the Manang District along with the surrounding area sits close to the border with Tibet. Three-fourths of the country is covered by the remote and rugged majesty of the Himalaya Mountain Range.
Healthcare here is difficult. Individuals, including children, pregnant women and the elderly, often have to walk days to reach a doctor and often do not receive medical treatment at all. Standard indicators for health show Nepal to be among the worst in the world. According to the CIA World Fact Book (2011 estimates), the infant mortality rate is ranked 55th among all countries, representing 44.46 deaths per 1,000 live births. Average life expectancy is ranked 163rd among all countries, or 66.16 years. By comparison, Canada is 81.38 years and the U.S. is 78.37 years.
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of only $1,200 (2011 estimates). In the rural and hilly regions of the Manang Valley, poverty and health statistics are worse. Access to even the most basic medical and dental services is lacking. A health needs assessment of the Manang District was conducted by The Himalayan Family Healthcare Project, and is viewable here.
Our initial design for the hospital in Manang is here.
For more information or to make a donation, please write or phone:
Himalayan Family Healthcare Project
4145 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Tel.: (314) 531-4800
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