In Nepal, Karuna-Shechen is creating sustainable ways to provide fundamental medical services to the under-served through the Shechen Clinic and Hospice and its mobile medical clinics and camps.
Shechen Medical Clinic
Shechen Clinic, built in 2000, offers affordable integrative medicine to the local community in Boudhanath, a particularly poor area of Kathmandu. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, Shechen Clinic provides comprehensive medical care to more than 40,000 patients a year. Ninety-five percent of all consultations are provided free of charge and 64% of our patients are women and children.
A variety of services are offered through the clinic: allopathic, homeopathic and Tibetan medical care, health education, a pathology laboratory, specialized care including oncology, and HIV testing and dental services.
Shechen Hospice provides palliative care to people living in poverty in a compassionate and loving atmosphere. A unique service in the area, our staff provides medical care, psychological support, and pain management in a devoted wing of the clinic.
Mobile Clinics and Camps
In Nepal, in order to fulfill its mission of reaching the poorest people, Karuna-Shechen launched a vibrant outreach program of daily mobile medical clinics and camps.
Our mobile clinics provide weekly free medicine and consultations at dozens of different locations including slums, old age homes, factories, orphanages, and government schools.
Medical Emergency Response
In 2013, Karuna-Shechen initiated in Nepal a Medical Emergency Response Program to train the local population in disaster and pre-hospital medical emergencies.
Following the 2015 earthquakes, this program was expanded and is part of our rehabilitation activities. The aim is to progressively create a nation-wide network of volunteers who will provide emergency medical response in the event of disasters and earthquakes in the Kathmandu Valley and, eventually, for all of Nepal.
People participating in this program include trekking guides, social workers, monks, students, health workers, and police officers.