Challenges

In Nepal, insufficient health facilities, lack of health awareness, stigma, socio-cultural and religious malpractices are limiting access to timely basic health care services for the poor living in the remotest parts of the country. We educate needy communities on basic health issues and support health systems in the rural areas to ensure Health for the poorest. To achieve this, we work in two critical areas: Neglected Tropical Diseases and maternal and neo-natal health.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Nepal's total population (more than 27 million people) faces high risks of at least one Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD)1. Early Case Detection; validation; complete treatment; and disability prevention are four major challenges to eliminate NTDs. Limited programs to eliminate NTDs, Prevention Of Impairment and Disability (POID) clinics, health education, and associated stigma further aggravate the challenges. FAIRMED believes NTDs can be controlled effectively by intensified disease management, early detection, preventive measures and appropriate treatment.

People with Disabilities

People with disability suffer from both physical and mental health problems and are insufficiently informed about thier rights. This restricts their access to basic health services, education, employment, public places. FAIRMED believes that the issue of disability is a common challenge that needs to be addressed, and embraces Disability Inclusive Development strategy to bring people with disabilities to the forefront of development.

Mothers and new born

Maternal Health is critical to achieving Universal Health Coverage. It is one of the priority interventions of the Ministry of Health and is implemented under Nepal government's Safe Motherhood Program since 1997. Nepal's Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has declined by 76% in the last 17 years. Yet, many young mothers and newborns die every day, unable to access proper and timely obstetric care. Lack of knowledge and wrong socio-cultural practices at child birth and post-natal care only help increase the mortality rate.