• Effective Treatment

    Frequent, focused treatments allow us to see positive changes in a patient's condition quickly.
  • rural nepal

    Home to eight of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • community supported

    The care we provide is deeply appreciated and the communities we serve trust our commitment, knowledge and expertise.
  • Patient Education

    By providing simple explanations, we help patients understand their health concerns and make informed choices regarding their care.
  • Providing Access

    According to the World Health Organization, Nepal's healthcare system ranks 150th in the world with less than one doctor per 6000 people.
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Our Mission

Our unique model provides effective, efficient, primary care in rural Nepal. Read More
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Our Clinics

Since 2008, our clinics have provided over 350,000 primary care visits. Read More
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Our Partners

Influencing government policy and achieving educational goals. Read More
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Volunteer With Us

We need your help. Serve others while learning new skills. Read More
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Our Evidence

Case studies and field research helps us analyze our efficacy. Read More
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VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CARE CLINICS IN NEPAL

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued with political unrest and military conflict for the past decade. In 2015, a pair of major earthquakes devastated this small and fragile country. 

Since 2008, the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided over 300,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu Nepal. Our efforts include the treatment of patients living without access to modern medical care as well as people suffering from extreme poverty, substance abuse and social disfranchisement.

Common conditions include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery.

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Featured Case Studies

  • Chronic Vomiting +

    80-year-old male presents with vomiting 20 minutes after each meal for 2 years. At the time of initial Read More
  • Hemiplegia (Stroke Sequelae) with Acute Lung Consolidation +

    81-year-old female presents with complete left-sided hemiplegia following ischemic stroke 2 months ago. Over the course of 7 Read More
  • Palliative Care of Parkinson’s Disease +

    62-year-old male was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 8 years ago and has been receiving treatment in this clinic Read More
  • Palliative Management of End-Stage Emphysema +

    71-year-old male presents with cough and severe shortness-of-breath, caused by emphysema. Initially, patient was stabilized during an emergency Read More
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Compassion Connect : Documentary Series

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    In the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, this episode explores the challenges of providing basic medical access for people living in rural areas.

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    Episode 1: Rural Primary Care

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    Acupuncture Relief Project tackles complicated medical cases through accurate assessment and the cooperation of both governmental and non-governmental agencies.

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    EPISODE 2: INTEGRATED MEDICINE

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    Cooperation with the local government yields a unique opportunities to establish a new integrated medicine outpost in Bajra Barahi, Makawanpur, Nepal.

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    EPISODE 3: WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT

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    Complicated medical cases require extraordinary effort. This episode follows 4-year-old Sushmita in her battle with tuberculosis.

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    EPISODE 4: CASE MANAGEMENT

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    Drug and alcohol abuse is a constant issue in both rural and urban areas of Nepal. Local customs and few treatment facilities prove difficult obstacles.

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    EPISODE 5: SOBER RECOVERY

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    Interpreters help make a critical connection between patients and practitioners. This episode explores the people that make our medicine possible and what it takes to do the job.

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    EPISODE 6: THE INTERPRETERS

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    This episode looks at the people and the process of creating a new generation of Nepali rural health providers.

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    EPISODE 7: FUTURE DOCTORS OF NEPAL

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    In this 2011, documentary, Film-maker Tristan Stoch successfully illustrates many of the complexities of providing primary medical care in a third world environment.

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    COMPASSION CONNECTS: 2012 PILOT EPISODE

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From Our Blog

 

Ani Yangchen

Namaste,
I am Ani Yangchen. I am 17 years old but I look older than I am. I am a Buddhist nun. I belong to Nagi Gompa which is located below Shivapuri. It's been 2 years that I am living as a nun.

How I came in this clinic is that Phakchok Rinpoche asked if I would be an interpreter and help the doctors because we have foreign doctors coming to the clinic. The villagers in Chapagaon do not speak or understand English. That is how I became a member of this clinic, the Bajra Barahi Monastery Clinic.

I enjoy working with the doctors as an interpreter. I am so happy that I can help people. I enjoy hearing stories of the people. Also, I have learned about many health conditions. I have seen things I never knew about before with peoples health and the body. I have become interested in acupuncture and understanding how the needles work. Sometimes I even dream at night about patients, like the man who told me his stomach was so bloated he felt like he had a baby in it. I feel helpful because patients tell me that they are thankful that I can speak to the doctor.

Thank you. Love, Ani Yangchen



Ani Kalpana

Namaste,
My name is Ani Kalpana. I'm 27 years old. I live in Nagi Gompa (a monastery). I have been a nun for 14 years. During these 14 years, I never noticed how the time passed at my peaceful and beautiful monastery. The monastery (Gompa) is like a heaven.

The elder nun and my friends who are in the monastery are friendly with each other and caring. I work in the clinic at the monastery. Because of that, the elder nun sent me to learn something from here for my monastery.

I wish I could help and serve society. Especially the older citizens and poor people. I'm so pleased with Dr. Nicky [our clinic coordinator] because she trained me. If she had not trained me I would not know how to work in the clinic.

I have learned many things from here. It's very enjoyable working with a group. I never thought it would be fun and enjoyable. I love the way Diane works and her smile is so lovely. People get well from acupuncture and they are happy.

Thank you. Love, Ani Kalpana

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