WHO Says Nepal Has “critical shortage” of Trained Health Workers

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Nyaya Health competing in Chase Community Giving contest to expand health care in rural, most remote regions of Nepal.

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Nyaya Health needs your help to continue its mission of realizing health in the remotest part of the world. — Executive Director, Mark Arnoldy

On Sept. 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) released information showing that Nepal is in desperate need of more health care workers. Fewer than 23 doctors, nurses and midwives per 10,000 population. The WHO says this lack of trained workers is “hampering the delivery of health services” and calls for community-based health care work as a solution. The nonprofit Nyaya Health is expanding access to health care in the Far Western Region of Nepal, one of the remotest areas of the world, through its work with the once-closed Bayalpata Hospital and training of its more than 70 community health workers, who treated 11,300 patients in 2011.

Now through Sept. 19, Nyaya Health will compete in the annual Chase Community Giving program, an online contest where supporters’ votes could translate into expanded health care for people living in one of the world’s poorest regions. Nyaya Health has been nominated for a share of $5 million in grants, which will provide free health care for thousands in rural Nepal. Anyone can learn more about the organization’s work at its website. Supporters are also encouraged to Tweet for Nyaya Health with the hashtag #VoteForNepal and to vote here.

Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world, and mothers and children still regularly die from conditions treated routinely in the United States. The rate of worm infestation in rural areas is 74 percent, leading to devastating rates of malnutrition. About half of children under five suffer from stunted growth caused by chronic malnutrition.

“Winning this contest means we can expand our work to 5 clinics to provide health care to the world’s poorest people,” said Mark Arnoldy, executive director of Nyaya Health. “Help us make health care a right with a single vote.”

Nyaya Health is a charitable organization that believes the world’s poor, including those in rural Nepal where Nyaya Health is based, have the right to quality health care. In addition to providing day-to-day care, Nyaya Health partners with government agencies to promote the creation of just systems and “infrastructure for equity,” which creates the possibility for the right to health and sustainable change.

Nyaya Health uses a forward-thinking model that’s building sustainable, long-term infrastructure for health care in Nepal’s Far-Western Region. In Nepal, 98 percent of Nyaya Health’s staff is Nepali, and more than 80 percent of team members come from the Far-Western Region where the organization works. More than 101,000 people in the region have accessed free health care since 2008 thanks to the nonprofit’s work.

The nonprofit is one of the world’s most respected and impactful health care charities. Leading nonprofit evaluator GiveWell called Nyaya Health a “standout organization” because of its “unusual standards of transparency.” Only 10 of the more than 800 organizations GiveWell examined received that distinction, and GiveWell named Nyaya Health a recommended charity for the 2011 holiday season.

“Nyaya Health needs your help to continue its mission of realizing health in the remotest part of the world,” Arnoldy said.

For interviews with Executive Director Mark Arnoldy or for additional background on Nyaya Health or the contest, contact Erin White, erin (at) caminopr (dot) com, 212.255.2575.

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Nyaya Health brings life-saving, quality health care to rural Nepalis by establishing hospitals and clinics and training community health care workers. The nonprofit, which re-opened the previously abandoned Bayalpata Hospital, has brought free health care to more than 101,000 people in Nepal’s Far-West Region.

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