Crowd-sourcing Nepal’s rural healthcare
Friday, December 20, 2013
KATHMANDU (IRIN) – An Internet campaign to solicit funds for the medical procedures of individual patients in rural Nepal is increasing donor awareness and healthcare provider accountability, public health practitioners say.
Nyaya Health, a non-profit organization that runs a hospital in the Achham District of Nepal’s Far West development region, some 422km from the capital, Kathmandu, launched a website in 2013 that chronicles individual patients’ urgent medical needs and allows donors to fund part of the procedure.
“I don’t believe we need everyone who cares about global health to invest in this fashion, but I do think it’s very compelling to grow the pie of those interested in understanding the challenge the sick and poor face across the world,” Mark Arnoldy, Nyaya Health’s executive director, told IRIN.