ASHA CONNECT is an open source project working to digitize the experience of Community Health Workers.

Addressing the problem

Difficulty in delivering healthcare to all the people in Nepal

Nepal is a mountainous country surrounded by the biggest countries in the world, India and China. Due to geographical conditions and political instability, the economic situation of the country has not developed enough, and as such it is classified as a Least Developed Country. The financial situation prevents its healthcare system from providing enough health care resources, especially in the rural areas. In addition, the road conditions remain poor in mountainous areas, and the transportation and distribution network also faces major problems.

Even though the government and various health care professionals are working hard every day to provide medical care as much as possible, it is difficult to deliver enough healthcare to all the people in Nepal. To maximize the potential of the health care system of Nepal, we consider it very important to maximize the efficiency of the healthcare activity and to properly allocate healthcare resources, especially under the pressure of resource limitations. It is necessary to consolidate and organize the currently disparate healthcare activities to improve the healthcare system and the quality of the nation’s healthcare, but in order to realize this, cooperation among healthcare providers must be improved.

To improve this cooperation, well-organized information management could provide one solution. In Nepal, medical institutions do not store medical records, and patients take them home with them. Some large medical institutions do store them, but the paper-based records are typically piled up in stacks and it is almost impossible to find and analyze the necessary information immediately. In addition, it is difficult for medical institutions and the government to cooperate in order to understand the current situation - such as when, where, and what kind of medical treatment is being provided and what else is necessary.

ASHA believes that we can support the government and medical institutions in providing Affordable and Sustainable Healthcare Access for everyone, by maximizing the potential to provide necessary healthcare with necessary information. We are trying to figure out what kind of resources the government should put into which medical institutions, connect tertiary and community hospitals in regards to the treatment which they are providing.

Currently, Karma Health is building a prototype of the public-sector primary health system in rural Nepal that we believe can be a model for dignified health care for all. Our mission has been to explore the needs of the local healthcare field by organizing healthcare-related information, and to connect needs with resources.

The Rajpur Model

Karma Health has used a unique community-driven development approach to ensure alignment to the real needs of the community.

We will build the model incrementally by implementing one component at a time and stacking them over time. In the first phase, we are starting with the strengthening of clinical care and community-based outreach on selected non-communicable diseases and maternal-child health at Rajpur Rural Municipality in South-Western Nepal.

The Team

ASHA Nepal

Chief Executive Officer

Karma Health

Chief Executive Officer

Ayata Incorporation

Chief Executive Officer

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