The vision of AHCN is to provide an access to resources that are not currently available in rural Nepal and we find it of imperative importance that we work in tight collaboration with local hospitals, health care workers as well as other relevant health care institutions and organisations. Thus, AHCN is collaborating with several organisations that are assisting our team. Our current collaborates include:
- ViFlex is a Company that provides low-cost, easy-to-assemble eyeglasses for the developing world. Our health camp tested vision and performed market analyses to bring back to ViFlex for future distribution in Nepal. In phase two we expect to bring sample glasses for field testing purposes. In phase three it the aim of AHCN, that the entire population in Rukum with impaired vision receives glasses.
- Chitwan Medical College (CMC), one of the largest and most prestigious medical colleges in Nepal has given its broad supporting to AHCN. Our Medical journals and data gathered in AHCN health projects are kept at the CMC Teaching Hospital. The CMCTH donated medicines to an approximate value of NPR 10.000 to AHCN, all of which was used during phase 1 in Rukum. In Phase 2 AHCN has agreed with CMC to bring along two CMC medical students to assist our work.
- Association of Medical Doctors of Nepal (AMDA) organisation of 33 medical doctors in Nepal who have given Access Health Care their support and necessary documentation needed for AHCN to have access to local hospitals and health posts.
- Nepal Social Entrepreneurship Foundation and Nepal Music Festival (NSEF+NMF): Co-Founded by MR Ranjan Ohja, the aim of the foundation is to combat pressing social issues by promoting and supporting social entrepreneurship activities in Nepal. Nepal Music Festival (modelled upon the danish Roskilde Festival) works to engage Nepali youth in social entrepreneurship and activities. AHCN and NSEF+NMF entered a Memorandum of Understanding, which is expected signed before the end of 2014.
- Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) is fighting malnutrition among children of Nepal together with AHCN. We assess the nourishment status of children in rural areas and subsequently admit malnourished children and their mothers to counselling programs and rehabilitation homes at NYF nutritional centres.
- Dhulikhel Hospital . Dhulikhel Hospital is active in rural Everest Region and has no activities in Rukum. The Dhulikhel Hospital has a community based approach to improving health care for the poorest of Nepal. AHCN recently visited to Dhulikhel hospital and we found potential for collaboration was found especially with regard to collection of baseline data in the remote area of Rukum Nepal.
AHCN conducted its Phase 1 of our effort in Rukum in the beginning of November 2014, a project based on a crowdfunding effort that reached $1090 in a five days. The entire staff including doctors worked for free. A major situation report serving as an introduction to the Health Care in all Nepal and especially in Rukum will be completed before the end of 2014. This report will provide guidance for the development of Access Health Care and information for our sponsors and collaborators. We are looking forward to another round of fundraising for our phase 2 project, which is to take place in the spring of 2015 and where we expect to be joined by further health care works and researchers to bring together an academic and multidisciplinary team of 15 participants.