THE AIM OF DOCTORS FOR NEPAL IS TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE IN RURAL NEPAL BY EMPOWERING IMPOVERISHED STUDENTS TO SERVE AS DOCTORS OR NURSES IN THEIR ISOLATED RURAL COMMUNITIES BY:
– PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS TO MEDICAL SCHOOL OR NURSING COLLEGE TO IMPOVERISHED NEPALESE STUDENTS – SUPPORTING RURAL HEALTHCARE PROJECTS – FACILITATING STUDENT ELECTIVES TO NEPAL – PROVIDING NEPALESE STUDENTS WITH BOOKS AND LAPTOPS
Once the student has completed their scholarship and qualified as a doctor or nurse they return to one of the many rural regions of Nepal for a minimum of four years to provide desperately needed medical care to the isolated communities of Nepal. We also:
Kate, just visible on the far right, treating a Nepalese community at a drop in clinic
DOCTORS FOR NEPAL WAS FOUNDED IN 2008 AFTER DR KATE YARROW RETURNED FROM A MISSION TO NEPAL WORKING WITH THE INTERNATIONAL AID ORGANISATION –MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES.
She experienced for herself the desperate medical need of the isolated communities; a situation confounded by harsh inaccessible mountains, political instability, and the poor economic status of the country.
DFN was registered as a UK charity in 2011 (charity number 1133441) and has grown steadily in size since. It currently supports 7 medical students. Our first student – Lalit graduated as a doctor in September 2012 and is working in rural Nepal. Two further students – Meena and Nahakul completed their training in September 2016 and are undertaking their internships.
THE COST OF EACH MEDICAL STUDENT IS IN EXCESS OF £30,000, A SUM THAT ONLY THE RICHEST OF FAMILIES CAN AFFORD IN NEPAL.
The medical system is deeply affected by the “brain drain” with many doctors fleeing to Europe or the States to earn higher salaries. There is little incentive to encourage doctors to return to their communities. Doctors for Nepal believes that by training students from rural areas, and by supporting Patan Academy, with it’s emphasis on community medicine, there is the opportunity to bring the medical care of rural areas nearer the standard expected by the urban population.
With less than 1 doctor per 100,000 population in much of Nepal, the need to train rural doctors cannot be emphasised enough. By supporting Doctors for Nepal, you will be not only changing the life of one student, but potentially helping to bring medical care to tens of thousands of patients who currently have to walk for days to reach even the most basic of medical care.