Posted by Shefali Oza
Nyaya Health is excited to announce our acquisition of Bayalpata Hospital from the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population. Today, we signed a 5-year contract to renovate and open this hospital, which is situated a one hour walk from our existing clinic in Sanfe Bagar. This agreement culminates a yearlong effort by Nyaya to expand our current services and roll out additional essential ones.
Baylapata Hospital was originally constructed over 20 years ago to serve as a district hospital for Achham. However, when the district headquarters relocated to Mangelsen, all equipment and supplies from Bayalpata Hospital were removed and moved to Mangelsen Hospital. Several local villagers who protested this removal were shot and killed by the police on hospital grounds at that time. Since then, the hospital has been staffed as a subhealthpost.
The opening of Bayalpata Hospital will help fill an enormous healthcare gap in this area. The current lack of a nearby hospital means we often have to refer emergency patients to facilities over 10 hours by bus for appropriate care. Such travel costs, both in time and money, are prohibitive – and sometimes deadly – for our patients. By providing extensive services at Bayalpata Hospital, Nyaya aims to greatly reduce the unacceptably high levels of morbidity and mortality that are an unfortunate reality in this population.
In the first phase of our hospital renovations, we will expand our existing out-patient services while introducing 24-hour maternity care, voluntary counseling and testing for HIV, an anti-retroviral treatment program for AIDS patients, and directly observed treatment for tuberculosis patients. These programs will help meet the urgent need for such services in this area. Our community health worker network, which will also be expanded this year, will play a fundamental role in patient follow-up to ensure that those receiving longer term care do not slip through the cracks.
During the second phase of our renovations at Bayalpata Hospital, we will implement a blood transfusion program, roll out an essential surgical program, and provide a 15 bed inpatient unit. We are currently working with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), located in Boston Massachusetts, to optimize this future surgical program at Bayalpata Hospital.
The Nepali government has agreed to provide Nyaya with 14 million Nepali rupees, or $175,000 at the current exchange rate, over the coming 5 years for our Bayalpata Hospital expansion. We are excited that with this government support, along with that from our generous donors, Bayalpata Hospital will soon become a much needed reality.