As a tertiary level hospital, Dhulikhel Hospital understands that the vast majority of the population in Nepal have no access to even the most basic medical assistance due to financial constraints, transportation problems, and natural disasters among other factors. With the help of various organisations from around the world, we have built our outreach centres with the aim to find a solution for the lack of access to healthcare in rural areas.
At our 16 outreach centres and one school health clinic are currently providing round-the-clock healthcare services to the people living in the catchment areas. All of these outreach centres were started after thorough discussions and meetings addressing the community directly about their needs, aims, and goals concerning healthcare. This is important to Dhulikhel Hospital as our outreaches are the foundations on which our principle of working with the community, and for the community has been built from. At our outreaches we not only provide basic health services, but also use them as a platform on which all our community programs begin. We offer many preventive, promotive and curative services to all the rural communities we work with. Using our centres as a plinth, various I/NGOs and organisations also provide services to the community at grassroots level.
How Dhulikhel Hospital works in the Community:
Dhulikhel Hospital ensures that all our paramedical staff at the outreach centres receives regular training and are on-call 24 hours a day in case of emergencies. We operate regular doctor visits from the hospital to enforce the message that the quality of the healthcare available to those who cannot travel should not be compromised. These centers are also used as a means of providing higher level specialised care. In 2011-2012 year alone we organised 244 specialised camps in the following areas in different rural areas of Nepa:
At Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Hospital, outreach placements are the part of all the medical and paramedical students’ studies, which encourages them to be actively involved in community healthcare. In the past, students have stayed at various outreach centres for a maximum of two weeks where they have been on-hand to cater to the needs of patients 24 hours a day. The strength of the hospital’s work in the community, as it grows day upon day, comes from all the members of staff who have reached out to the vast communities involved with our health centres. In turn, the communities themselves have welcomed Dhulikhel Hospital to work alongside them. Indeed, we are truly grateful to the community and of course our well-wishers and donors who have made each and every outreach centres the core of the hospital’s ideals.
Dhulikhel Hospital’s Outreach Centres in different Districts of Nepal: