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Project History

The Nepal Medical Project is an independent offshoot of the Stanford - Papua New Guinea Medical Project started in 1996 by a group of Stanford physicians and medical students. The initial project set out to establish an independent self-sufficient healthcare system in an impoverished rural region of the island nation of Papua New Guinea. Working directly with local community leaders and enlisting the efforts of villagers who acted as “village health aids”, the program rapidly improved the health of the communities by combining clinical operations with healthcare education programs.

In 2010, invited a local community leader, a team of physicians led by Dr. Paul Auerbach, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University, visited the remote Nepali village of Chyangba while on a mountaineering trek and was introduced to the glaring healthcare needs of the region. A new partnership was born between Stanford and the community of Chyangba, focused around building a new clinic to serve the region. From 2010 to 2013, blueprints were drawn up for a state-of-the-art remote clinic facility for Nepal. Each year since the creation of the Nepal Medical Project, a group of Stanford physicians and students has made the trek out to Chyangba, surveying the community’s health through basic clinics, and training local health workers. It has been a truly symbiotic relationship - undergraduate and medical students receive hands-on experience in global medicine, while the locally supported healthcare infrastructure of an underserved community continues to be developed and strengthened.

The links in the menu on the right offer a glance into our work during past trips to Chyangba.