Supporting people’s right to health is one of Action Aid Nepal’s main areas of work. Its Right to Health
- mapping the context of rights holders’ access to health services;
- information sharing and sensitisation with rights holders about health services; and
- engaging in health governance (civic education).
Action Aid pioneered the Equity and Access Programme, which encourages poor and marginalised people to access health services, and is now being implemented in selected districts across Nepal by DoHS.
Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support (EMPHASIS)
(2009-2014) is a regional project implemented by CARE in Bangladesh, India and Nepal to reduce HIV and
AIDS vulnerability among cross border migrants from Bangladesh to India and Nepal to India; and to
influence national and regional policies relating to safe mobility through evidence generated regionally.
Asha Health Care is a comprehensive primary health care programme in Kaski and Lamjung districts since
2000 delivering preventive and promotive health services. The target groups are children, women, young
people and families from the most disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds.
- Promotes knowledge about sexual and reproductive health among young people;
- Provides safe abortion services and post-abortion care;
- Builds the capacity of service providers to provide STI services and proper knowledge to deal with
stigma and discrimination relating to HIV/AIDS;
- Campaigns in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights of marginalised, disadvantaged and
internally displaced people.
Handicap International works to improve the living conditions and social and economic inclusion of
children, men and women with disabilities. Activities in Nepal focus on the following:
- Improving access to rehabilitation services and the sustainability of these services;
- Advancing the rights of people with disabilities by promoting their access to services and their full
involvement in development actions;
- Disaster risk management for people with disabilities.
HKI Nepal works with partner organisation in Nepal on:
- Vitamin A supplementation;
- action against malnutrition through policy, strategy and programme support to MoHP; and
- school health and trachoma control.
INF works in eight districts in Mid-Western and Western Nepal:
- supporting people who live with HIV/AIDS, TB and leprosy;
- supporting government health facilities;
- rehabilitating people with disabilities and stigmatising diseases;
- running medical camps in remote areas providing;
- running community development and health programmes; and
- is building an ear hospital and training centre.
Ipas works for safe and accessible abortions by helping increase public awareness, train and educate
current and future abortion providers, and making safe abortion services available in the NGO, public and
private sectors throughout Nepal. It played a pioneering role in legalising abortion services in Nepal.
Marie Stopes International Nepal (MSIN) implements programmes and activities for increasing awareness,
access and utilisation of family planning and safe abortion services in partnership with its partner local NGO
Sunaulo Parivar Nepal (SPN). MSIN and its local partners run 55 clinics located in 42 of Nepal’s districts. All
centres provide comprehensive reproductive health services including the full range of family planning
services, safe abortions, ante-natal and post-natal check-ups and diagnosis and the treatment of
reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections.
MdM (Doctors of the World) is working in health facilities and communities in Sindhupalchok district to
increase the accessibility and quality of healthcare. It uses microfinance as a medium to raise the
awareness of poor women about reproductive and sexual health issues.
Merlin provides medical experts to deliver health care to vulnerable groups and victims of disasters and
conflict. It also supports research to improve health service delivery. Merlin is funded by the European
Commission to study the situation of human resources for health and to pilot interventions to address key
shortfalls. Merlin recently became a part of Save the Children.
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MI is working in partnership with the government, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector to:
- expand zinc supplementation (along with oral rehydration solutions) for treating childhood diarrhoea;
- pilot newborn vitamin A supplementation;
- improve and expand iron and folic acid supplementation for pregnant and postpartum women; and
- expand flour fortification at small-scale mills.
NYF runs nutrition rehabilitation homes for malnourished children and their mothers and trains dieticians.
NLR supports leprosy control and the community based rehabilitation of persons with disabilities due to
leprosy. It also supports people with general disabilities regardless of their causes via interventions for
human rights, inclusion, inclusive education, improved service provision and livelihood support.
NSI trains and supports skilled, compassionate rural health care workers by:
- providing quality training for health care workers;
- improving working conditions for rural health care workers, and
- providing scholarships for health care leaders.
One Heart runs a community safer motherhood programme (Pregnancy and Village Outreach Training
programme, PAVOT) in Baglung and Dolpa districts targeted at remote rural communities.
Plan Nepal is working in six districts of Nepal to:
- strengthen health services by helping establish, equip and staff birthing centres and by training health
- support early childhood care and development centres.
PSI Nepal works on:
- reproductive health and family planning (including implementing a new family planning project funded by DFID);
- malaria prevention, control and treatment;
- HIV/AIDS prevention (PSI is a principal recipient of a Global Fund grant to reduce the incidence of HIV
among men who have sex with men, 2011-2016); and
- safe drinking water education.
Save the Children empowers families and communities to promote their access to quality health services:
- Its Child Survival Programme trains community health staff and volunteers, educates parents, and
ensures the availability of health supplies in order to reduce child deaths.
- Its School Health Programme runs health camps, provides deworming and micronutrient
supplementation and helps build toilets at schools.
- It prevents and lessens the impact of HIV/AIDS by increasing the availability of condoms, enhancing
access to services and information, and creating an environment for behaviour change.
BNMT works to assist the people of Nepal to improve their health through the realisation of their health
rights. It works in parts of all five regions of Nepal in the following two main programme areas:
- Participating with vulnerable villagers to improve their health status, access to health services and to
alleviate their poverty.
- Assisting the Nepal Tuberculosis Centre (NTC) to eradicate infectious TB.
UMN runs extensive health programmes in 11 districts. These programmes are for maternal and child
health, nutrition training and awareness, strengthening local health service provision, adolescent sexual
and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS awareness raising, and community home-based care. UMN also
operates the United Mission Hospital (Tansen), and Okhaldhunga Community Hospital.
WaterAid supports local NGO partners including Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) in 28 districts improving access to:
- water, by bringing water closer to people’s homes;
- sanitation, by building local skills to build toilets including composting latrines in remote rural areas and
community latrines in urban areas; and
- hygiene, by promoting hand washing and other hygienic practices.
World Neighbours works to decrease child malnutrition by promoting kitchen gardens and providing health
education programmes. Its programmes in Nepal include the Ramechhap Water and Sanitation Program,
which began in 2010.
World Vision works to improve children’s health by improving access to right nutrition and improved
hygiene and sanitation practices. World Vision is operational in 11 districts with 16 area development
programmes that are enhancing the health and nutrition practices of children; promoting safe motherhood
with trained health workers and upgrading early childhood development centres.
Under its Child Health Now programme World Vision is working in Doti and Kailali districts to:
- improve maternal child health systems;
- mobilise civil society to influence policies affecting the most disadvantaged children; and
- improve community maternal child health practices.