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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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Episode 1
Rural Primary Care

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 2
Integrated Medicine

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 3
Working With The Government

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 4
Case Management

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

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Episode 5
Sober Recovery

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 6
The Interpreters

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 7
Future Doctors of Nepal

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

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Compassion Connects
2012 Pilot Episode

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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From Our Blog

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After 15 clinic days our team has provided 1100 acupuncture treatments to over 600 patients. We have had such amazing success at relieving chronic pain, severe headaches and some neurological issues that we have graduated many of our patients on to maintenance treatment schedules. We are now seeing far more complicated cases including gastric ulcers, skin rashes and lesions, congestive heart failure and angina, astronomical numbers of hypertension cases, injuries from physical abuse, and many cases involving malnutrition.

One of the most difficult things we are seeing are patients who have had tuberculosis and have undergone 10-12 months of multi-drug treatment. Between the destructive nature of the disease and the toxic effects of the long-term treatment, these patients have had every system in their bodies ravaged. We hope that with regular acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine, dietary changes and excercise we can slowly help them recover some of their vitality.

We have all settled into a more sustainable treatment pace of about 80 patients per day. This pace allows us to spend more time with each patient while still providing enough treatment capacity to meet the communities needs. It also allows us to take care of ourselves with regular meals and enough rest (something we were certainly lacking the first week or so). We have also found the best shop in town to drink Nepali tea.

Thanks for your continued support... we have enjoyed all of the email! --Andrew

Andrew with interpreter, Mohan
Leith with patient


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Acupuncture Relief Project, Inc. is a volunteer-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Tax ID: 26-3335265). Our mission is to provide free medical support to those affected by poverty, conflict or disaster while offering an educationally meaningful experience to influence the professional development and personal growth of compassionate medical practitioners.

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