Media Advisory: Nepali Group Close to Securing Portion of $5 million in Chase Grant Contest

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Nyaya Health on cusp of winning grant to care for poor Nepalis; support from Nepal critical to securing funds

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The World Health Organization recently noted that Nepal has a critical shortage of health care workers. Winning this contest means that we can help close that gap by expanding our work to provide more free health care. — Mark Arnoldy, Nyaya Health

Nyaya Health, a U.S. nonprofit with its hub in the Far Western Region at Bayalpata Hospital, is in the midst of a tight competition for a share of $5 million in grants that could provide free health care for thousands in the Far-Western Region of Nepal. Nyaya Health hopes to add enough votes to secure a place in the top 10 through the competitions’ close on Sept. 19 in order to secure a grant. Nepali support is critical to the group’s success.

Since Sept. 6, supporters, including many Nepalis have been voting for Nyaya Health in the annual Chase Community Giving program, an online contest for grants. As the competition winds down, Nyaya Health is urging Nepalis to use one simple click to vote for Nyaya Health here.

“The World Health Organization recently noted that Nepal has a critical shortage of health care workers. Winning this contest means that we can help close that gap by expanding our work to provide more free health care for rural Nepalis,” said Mark Arnoldy, executive director of Nyaya Health. “Help Nepal with a single vote.”

Nyaya Health provides care for Nepalis with few other options for care. In 2009, Nyaya Health partnered with the Nepali Ministry of Health to re-open the abandoned Bayalpata Hospital and, in addition to running the hospital, the group employs more than 100 community health care workers. More than 106,000 people in the region have already accessed free health care thanks to the group, which continues to expand.

In 2011, Nyaya Health:

  •     Treated more than 30,000 patients at Bayalpata Hospital
  •     Cared for more than 11,300 patients through the community health worker program
  •     Broke ground on the first microbiology lab in the region
  •     Hired 20 new Nepali staff members
  •     Performed more than 43,000 lab tests
  •     Provided antiretroviral treatments to HIV-positive patients
  •     Worked to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission
  •     Used community health workers to educate Nepalis about family planning and other health issues, including how proper sanitation can prevent disease

Nyaya Health provided all of these services to Nepalis for free.

Nyaya Health is a charitable organization that believes everyone has 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.

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 Far Western Region,” Arnoldy said. “Please take a moment to vote for us, so that we can keep providing quality health care to poor, rural Nepalis.”

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 106,000 people in Nepal’s Far-West Region.

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