This past week, Nyaya Health Nepal received a further allocation of 30lakh rupees (approximately $35,700 USD) from the Ministry of Health of Nepal. As part of Nyaya Health Nepal’s public private partnership with the Nepali Ministry of Health to administer services at Bayalpata Hospital, the Ministry has made the strong commitment each year to augment Nyaya’s finances with its own fiscal support.
This week, Country Director Gregory Karelas, Medical Director Dr. Preeti Bhandari, Chief Operating Officer Dan Schwarz, and Bayalpata Hospital Accountant Chanakya Upadhya, traveled to Mangalsen—the district capital of Achham—to meet with local health and government officials to finalize the budget for the Ministry’s 30lakh R for the coming fiscal year. The meeting went very well, and Bayalpata Hospital was commended for its excellent service to the people of Achham. The committee approved the proposed budget and will subsequently release the 30lakh R to our hospital’s accounts.
During the meeting, the Achham Local District Officer (LDO) and District Health Officer (DHO) both made individual commitments to advocate at the national level for the coming fiscal year budgetary process, with the goal of providing Bayalpata Hospital an increase from its current 30lakh R allocation to a full 1crore (approximately $119,000 USD). They will both be meeting with Ministry officials and writing letters of support in the coming months as the budgetary planning and approval process commences. We look forward to working with them to advocate for stronger health systems for the people of Achham, and to continually providing the best care possible for our communities.
Dan Schwarz is the member of the Board of Directors and a medical student at Brown University School of Medicine. He completed his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health.