The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Life changing surgery for disabled children in Nepal

Grant Information
Categories Healthcare
Location International
Cycle Year 2011
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) American Himalayan Foundation
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Norbu Tenzing
Phone 415-288-7252
909 Montgomery St, Suite 400
San Francisco
Additional Information
Used for A grant of $10,000 will ensure that 66 poor disabled children from Nepal will recieve life changing sugery. The cost of the surgery is $151 per patient. 100% of the grant will be used for surgeries.
Benefits Born into poor families, children with disablilties, especially in a country like Nepal are further handicapped. Surgery enables these children to have the mobility they need to get an education and ultimately a job to provide for their families. These children, with a little help, will have a chance for a brighter future.
Proposal Description
Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC), Nepal
From a modest beginning 22 years ago, when AHF purchased an autoclave for Dr. Banskota’s make-shift operating room, our partnership with him has transformed the lives of 43,000 poor, disabled children, and, in the process, transformed pediatric orthopedic care in Nepal, all for $151 per surgery.

In the coming year, HRDC expects to perform 1,500 orthopedic surgeries, fabricate 3,000 prosthetic limbs and follow up with 8,700 children through home visits and mobile camps. Now, in addition to the hospital, HRDC has four satellite centers, in Itahari (East), Nepalgunj (West) Baglung (West) and Chitwan (South), to better extend their services throughout Nepal. The centers are staffed by HRDC personnel and offer follow-up care, physical therapy, prosthetics services and Ponsetti (nonsurgical) clubfoot management, plus the surgeries that HRDC residents travel to the centers to do several times a year.

HRDC’s young patients come from over 60 districts in Nepal. The hospital monitors their progress after they leave inpatient care through home visits, mobile camps, the satellite centers and in partnership with 300 local organizations who do most of the follow-up physical therapy. More than 32,000 children who have been treated at HRDC are currently receiving some type of follow-up care.

A grant of $10,000 from the Dudley T Dougherty Foundation will ensure that 66 poor disabled children from Nepal will receive life changing surgery in the coming year.