Nepal Healthcare Equipment Development Foundation (NHEDF) is a registered not-for-profit organisation founded by the most wonderful biomedical engineer in the whole wide world called Samrat. NHEDF is registered with the Social Welfare Council in Nepal which means it is subject to government requirements facilitating good governance and transparency.
Before the earthquake NHEDF used to be a not-for-profit organisation recycling broken biomedical equipment and returning it to hospitals and individuals in working order (hence the name).
That all changed after the devastating earthquake in April 2015 when the premises evolved quickly into a medical shelter staffed by volunteers and established for people being discharged from hospital way too early to make room for more.
Over successive weeks, months and then years patients simply kept coming, initially with earthquake related injuries and then with trauma from other causes. The name stuck, and because of NHEDF’s wonderful reputation in Nepal, Samrat is understandably reluctant to change it.
NHEDF improves health outcomes by funding and facilitating medical and surgical intervention, and providing nursing care, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for people who have experienced life-changing injury or illness and are unable to access medical and rehabilitation services due to poverty.
Most of their patients come from remote regions and have no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go.
We used to have a separate project for women with obstetric fistula but since February 2019, this has been integrated into our NHEDF project. NHEDF now manages and coordinates the often complex care needs for women with obstetric fistula.
HOW DOES ROADS TO REHAB NEPAL SUPPORT NHEDF?
We support NHEDF’s work in many ways. Our Nurse and Physiotherapist Sponsorship Programs pay the wages of their 3 nurses and physiotherapist; we fund as much as we can of NHEDF’s monthly pharmacy bill which provides patients with essential medications and medical equipment and supplies; we help out with the costs of medical and surgical treatment and provide mentorship, advice, friendship, funding for ongoing professional development for clinical staff, and help with other activities of their organisation as required.
Since the earthquake in 2015, approximately 700 patients of all ages, ethnic groups, religion, caste and gender have come through NHEDF’s doors and their lives have been changed forever.
Visit the patient story section of this website for some special stories.
HOW DOES NHEDF WORK?
NHEDF receives referrals from individuals or hospitals throughout Nepal. Patients who meet admission criteria either go directly to NHEDF or are transferred to the Shelter upon discharge from hospital. A multi-disciplinary team, including three full-time nurses and a physiotherapist provide around the clock nursing care, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services in a professional, nurturing, supportive caring family environment. Patients are taken to hospital for follow-up appointments, readmission if required and stay at the Shelter for as long as necessary.
NHEDF employs a full-time security guard and a part-time cook. Each patient is required to be accompanied by a care-giver, usually a family member to attend their personal care, as is customary in Nepal.
These care-givers look after all the practical aspects of the Shelter – cooking, cleaning, shopping, gardening, laundry etc leaving Samrat to advocate for the patients and negotiate the many challenges of coordinating patient care within an expensive, complex and sometimes corrupt medical system and running a fourteen to twenty-bed facility (with bed numbers being determined by funding) that relies solely on donations. He does an amazing job!
Your support can change the life of a patient at NHEDF’s Shelter who has experienced life changing injury and has no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go. We welcome all donations no matter how small (or large!)- click here to make a donation. Thank you