Only One Day Left to Help Group Win Grant for Poor Nepalis

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Voting ends 11:59 p.m. EST/9:44 a.m. NPT; support from Nepal critical to Nyaya Health securing funds.

We’ve already provided more than 106,000 Nepalis with free health care, and this grant will allow us to help many, many more. — Mark Arnoldy, executive director of 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.

Nyaya Health hopes to secure enough votes for a place in the top 10 through the competitions’ close on Sept. 19. Supporters can vote here.

Winning the grant would allow the group to expand health care to thousands of poor Nepalis. Support from Nepal is critical to the group’s success.

Since Sept. 6, supporters, including many Nepalis, have voted 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 free health care for Nepalis here.

“We’ve already provided more than 106,000 Nepalis with free health care, and this grant will allow us to help many, many more,” said Mark Arnoldy, executive director of Nyaya Health. “We’re in the final moments of the competition, and support from Nepal and Nepalis is more critical now than ever before.”

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.

“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.”

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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