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Recognizing the ‘Health as a Right’ entrusted by the Constitutional provision of Nepal and appreciating the role of the state in ensuring health services, Nepal Red Cross Society seeks to complement and supplement government efforts in health services. It also adheres to the fundamental principles of International Red Cross Movement in planning, designing and delivery of the health services.

Annually, around two million people benefited from the NRCS health programmes.

Our Eye Health programme includes two hospitals, 15 eye care centers, and provide annually eye care service to 170,000 people, including over 1500 cataract surgeries. Also, through NRCS Health Services the ambulance service quality has improved, and services expanded. More than one hundred thousand patients are transported annually. First Aid services reach yearly 10,000 people, which include training of volunteers, standardized First Aid training packages, promotional FA courses, and road safety programme. In addition to the previously mentioned, Health Services have distributed Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria. Measles rubella campaign has been in place in district around the country.

Strategic aim is to “Enable healthy, safer and resilient living”.

Working areas:

  • Provide integrated health service package for developing resilient communities
  • Provide primary health care services
  • Increase access to reproductive health services
  • Take into account non-communicable diseases as emerging threats
  • Curative health services
  • Enhance emergency health services

Brief history of Health Services

The first health activity of Nepal Red Cross implemented immediately after its birth in 1963. It was provision of emergency transport of the people through four ambulances provided by the Government.

The first blood bank was established in 1966, and First Aid program was also introduced in the same year. It also provided health services to the people through mobile camps, which were discontinued in the late seventies. During the 80’s Nepal Red Cross expanded and consolidated first aid, blood and ambulance services; introduced acute respiratory infection services (ARI) implemented family planning, eye care and water sanitation programs in a large scale. 

During the 90’s family planning services were implemented in different models, and awareness program on HIV/AIDS was introduced targeting youth. Similarly, year 2001 to 2010 HIV/AIDS and ASRH programme further expanded with care and support components and more integrated health programme initiated. After 2010 polio and measles campaign initiated together with the MOHP. A comprehensive LLINs distribution and BCC programme have been implemented in 25 more districts.

In recent years, health focused preparedness and capacity building programmes, Rural Emergency and Trauma System Strengthening programme, Red Cross Emergency Clinic, Emergency health response preparedness and Ending child marriage have been going on.

Contact

NameDesignationResponsibilitiesContact
Krishna Ghimire Department Head Overall departmental coordinationkrishna.ghimire@nrcs.org, 9851109759
Baburaja Bohara Deputy DirectorCEHP and Ambulance coordinationbohara.baburaja@gmail.com, 9851003713
Bal Krishna Sedai Deputy DirectorRETSS management and eye hospital coordinationbalkrishna.sedai@nrcs.org, 9851109676
Rashmi Shrestha Deputy DirectorRCEC coordination rashmi.shrestha@nrcs.org, 9841415411

Partners

ProgramDistricts PartnerTarget Population
1Emergency Health Response Preparedness ProjectProvince 2, 5 and 7UNFPADirect: 450
Indirect: 150,000
2Ending Child Marriage (ECMC)Bajhang, Baitadi, Rolpa and RautahatUNFPA2,075
3Rural Emergency and Trauma System Strengthening (RETSS)Sindhupalchok and KavreCanadian Red CrossHealthcare providers: 850
General public: 650,000
4Red Cross Emergency Clinic (RCEC)NRCS HQCanadian Red Cross
5Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCAH)Sindhuli DCCanadian Red Cross
6Community Based Health and First AidPalpa, Ribdikot-8, Arghakhanchi, Sandhikharka-5Australian Red Cross
7Emergency Health ProgrammeGulmiItalian Red Cross (IFRC)
8Community Empowerment for Health Promotion Program4 Swiss Red Cross76,770