Project ASHA – Building For Tomorrow
Why we need your help
The needs of our community have long outgrown the size of our hospital building. We are in the process of building an 80-bed hospital that will be better equipped to provide medical and surgical care for the people of Far West Nepal. A larger facility will enable us to:
- Expand surgical services. Currently we have only one operating room, which limits how many surgeries we can do as well as our ability to recruit more physicians with surgical expertise.
- Almost double our bed capacity from 45 to 80 beds. On average our bed occupancy rate is 85-90%. During certain times of the year and during special surgical camps, we often run out of beds for our inpatients.
- Provide a dedicated area for caring for our burn patients. During the cold season, we see 2-3 patients a week with serious burns.
- Improve the quality of care we provide to patients with HIV/AIDS and TB.
- Expand our emergency room – currently we only have space to see two patients at a time. When multiple trauma cases come in, we often have to clear out our waiting room to make space for patients.
- Improve care for sick and/or premature infants.
- Provide a more reliable oxygen supply for our patients with breathing difficulties. With our current system, we often run out of oxygen or do not have enough for the number of patients who need it.
- Train non-physician rural health care providers (who often practice in areas where there are no doctors) and skilled birth attendants, and provide housing for the duration of their training.
- Start a nursing school for the Far West of Nepal. Since we are in a remote area, nurses from other parts of the country are generally not willing to come here to work.
- Begin providing physical and occupational therapy for our patients, and becoming a training center for therapy students as well
- Expand our laboratory and imaging services
- Provide a more comfortable environment for our patients – currently we have no heat during the winter and our building is not insulated.
In addition to 80 inpatient beds, 3 operating rooms, 3 delivery rooms, and 10 clinic rooms will be built. The new hospital will also include a training hall to provide classrooms and lodging for trainees coming from more remote areas.
The projected cost of our new facility is $6 million dollars. A comparable facility in the US would cost 30 times as much. We want to build a hospital that will be able to provide for this community for decades to come. The project will be done in phases over the next few years, so that we will be able to use the newly built facilities right away.