The topographical challenges, poverty, lack of education have made access to health care obstinate in rural parts of Nepal.
Remote communities do not have easy access to government health facilities due to geographical difficulties. As a result, people have to walk a long distance to receive care. Besides, health centres located in such areas are operated by health assistants (known as paramedics). As a consequence, people are obliged to come to the city for treatment of minor injuries or illness. Moreover, individuals often land up in complication due to poor diagnosis or due to delay in seeking appropriate treatment. This indeed creates a tremendous economic hardship as complicated cases are only treated in expensive private hospitals, and the cost of transportation and accommodation to these places add to out-of-pocket expenses.
Therefore, our mobile preventive medical camps in the rural villages are executed to manage acute conditions and screen for chronic diseases. Patient counselling and health education regarding the illness, and its preventive measures also play an essential role in our camps.
We have been to around 120 places of 20 districts in Nepal for medical camps, and more than 35,000 people have benefited from our free consultations and prescription refills. These clinics were operated in those areas that are out of reach for government and private health services. We also have a referral system to transfer those patients requiring specialized care to our tertiary hospital in Kathmandu, where patients undergo treatment at free or a subsidized cost.