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Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas



This project provides basic health care and health education in the least developed area of Nepal. There are no roads or infrastructures in Humla and the government health system is disfunctional. Maternal and child mortality rates are some of the highest in the world (<30%). More than 45000 people live in the district. The project is integrated with renewable energy and income generation projects to promote a healthier lifestyle and a secure future for, particularly, women and children.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

There is a lack of basic health services and low levels of health awareness among the population in Humla which contribute to high levels of ill-health, disease and malnutrition. The basic causes are associated with sociological, cultural, structural, political, economic issues and the lack of livelihood opportunities to break the grinding cycle of poverty. In recent years these problems have been exacerbated by political instability and armed conflict. More than 12000 people will be helped.

How will this project solve this problem?

The aim is to promote social reconstruction by developing an improved and sustainable primary healthcare delivery system at grass-roots level, which falls within the new Government policy, paired with income generation and capacity building measures. The main focus will be on mother and child health care to provide an accessible, efficient and improved health infrastructure and services. We will raise awareness through education about health, hygiene, family planning, sanitation and nutrition.

Potential Long Term Impact

More than 12000 villagers will have better access to upgraded primary healthcare services. This will reduce maternal and child mortality rates and raise general awareness of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Health promotion and education programmes including family planning, sanitation and nutrition will help promote a healthier lifestyle. The health programme together with clean energy and income generation programmes will lead to a much healthier life for the majority.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £16,167
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £37,619
Total Funding Goal: £53,786

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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The Nepal Trust

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Tony Sharpe

Elgin, Moray United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Healthcare & Opportunity in the Hidden Himalayas
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