Outcomes of the “Conference on Public Healthcare” – September 11th, 2016

confConstitution of Nepal states that everyone has the right to free basic healthcare. Yet, the most remote and marginalized people – those in most need of these rights – are largely unaware of those rights. The survey in Helambu’s 5 VDC showed that everybody was purchasing medications that they were supposed to get for free such as Cetamol, ORS, and cold tablets. They were traveling to Banepa and Kathmandu to get plasters on their broken limbs and for baby delivery.

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Experts have spoken from different angles about those health rights, and there is a consensus that more needs to be done to close this knowledge gap and to help people access those rights. The goal of the conference was to invite health rights experts, constitution rights experts, and government officials to help us understand the rights and how to access those rights. Furthermore, we featured young initiatives and youth who are leading by examples. We invited:

  • Dr. Nastu Sharma, Country Director of One Heart World Wide, who presented comprehensively about the different health provisions in places by Government of Nepal.
  • Indu Tuladhar, Human Rights Lawyer, spoke about the provision our constitution provides to patients and every citizens.
  • Dr. Surendra Bhandari, Constitutional Lawyer, presented his views on future of public health sector.
  • Prakash Ghimire, Senior Auxiliary Health Worker from Management Division of Nepal, who shed light on some of the most evasive topic such as who is considered “Bippana barga” – ultra poor. Apparently, it is self-declared in Nepal.
  • Grishma Maharjan and Sangita KC of Nepal Psychological Society, who are working to improve the mental health education system and awareness of importance of mental health.
  • Dr. Kshitiz C Paudel, medical director of Amppipal Community Hospital, and MD (General Practice), who inspired the entire audience on the need to work for the greater good of the community. Watch the video here
  • Dr. Sarad Baral, DHO of Accham, who has been serving the community in one of the most remote parts of Nepal. He believes the way to improve health care is community supervision because he says he can’t be everywhere, “It greatly helps me to supervise when the community starts supervising the health sector as well”.
  • Dr. Saroj Dhital, Founder of Kathmandu Model Hospital, and a surgeon who has been working to create a strong community of professionals to improve the health care system of Nepal.

For the audience, the key take away was very clear – lots needs to be done to strengthen the health care system of Nepal and there is a lot of non-medical professionals can do to support the health care system.

We will be creating lots of new multimedia content about what we learned from the conference and forming partnerships across the board to make sure we try to reach every corner of Nepal.

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