Tell us about your partnerships
NepaliMeds and Microcredit for Mother supported for the seed money of microfinance. Community of Bahunepati together with Dhulikhel Hospital and NepaliMed supported for the infrastructure and the set-up of the health center. Dhulikhel Hospital oversees the technical management of the health center, running health education programs and also possible financial back-up in this process of getting the program self-sustainable. Partnership with government is another strong aspect, mainly in getting some resources from government’s free supply program, e.g., in family planning.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We plan to expand the program to the community at Dapcha in Kavre district where DH already has a community based rural health center and also has sixty women enrolled in the microfinance program. These women have already been trained in various health related areas, particularly mother and child health. So, it would be easy for implementing the insurance program. A preliminary survey on the willingness of the women to participate in such program was also very positive and there is also commitment from the community to organize such program.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
The community based and not-for-profit nature of Dhulikhel Hospital is the major factor that makes our innovation successful. The management is very positive and encouraging in new initiatives like this. Another factor is the reasonably young team that is leading this endeavor, as they are quite open minded, daring and passionate about their work. The belief that every village has some heroes is our fundamental assumption and hence our ability to identify capable people in the villages and work with them make our initiatives successful and well accepted. All activities are collaborated and consulted with community. Excellent international collaborations help us to complement the efforts by providing their expertise that we lack, e.g., in developing evaluation strategies and guidelines.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We would welcome collaborations with Ashoka or other organizations to help train our team on issues like fund-raising and communication on an international scale.We are also very eager to help any sort of similar initiatives.We believe creating a model of success for equitable rural health care is the most important and difficult task.We are motivated to work hard and learn from others to do this.