Construction of the new hospital was completed in 2014 but now it needs all the facilities that we usually associate with hospitals - beds, cabinets, x-ray machines and so on. The health problems associated with the earthquake mean this resource is even more critical. Luckily, the hospital was one of the few buildings in Jibajibe that wasn't damaged.
The dream of building a hospital in the Rasuwa District of Nepal began with the Jibajibe community in the 1990s. Rasuwa is a vast and remote mountainous district in Nepal covering 1,434 square kilometres, and had no hospital to service the communities there. Some 50,000 people had no choice other than to go to the Kathmandu Hospital some 5 hours away by bus.The village of Jibajibe is situated centrally in Rasuwa, so it made sense to build a hospital in that township. The Jibajibe community members started lobbying government, political parties and all known contacts for support of the Jibajibe Hospital all those years ago. This dream is now coming to fruition.
By the early 2000s, the hospital framework was clearly visible from a distance, sitting atop a hillside in the Jibajibe township as a beacon of hope. It is built on government land and the Nepalese government provided some funding for this project of 13.5 million NRP (the equivalent of US $135,000.00), with the remainder of the funding coming from more than 50 sponsors around the world. The total cost of the completed building is 30 million NPR (US $300,000.00).
Hospital open 2014
The HHCP Hospital Committee met with the Nepal Government in 2012 and the Government at that time agreed to fund the staffing of the hospital but there was no money available for furnishing it. The hospital opened but needs lots of equipment and help. Medical volunteers from around the world will be invited to visit.
You might like to donate a piece of equipment for this hospital, perhaps as a Christmas or other gift. Donations of small amounts can be grouped together to buy larger equipment such as x-ray machines. In the past, items such as a microscope and wheelchair have been donated through RONEP.