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.
35-year-old female presents with multiple bilateral joint pain beginning 18 months previously and had received a diagnosis of…
20-year-old male patient presents with decreased mental capacity, which his mother states has been present since birth. He…
60-year-old female presents with spinal trauma sequela consisting of constant mid- to high grade pain and restricted flexion…
80-year-old male presents with vomiting 20 minutes after each meal for 2 years. At the time of initial…
In the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, this episode explores the challenges of providing basic medical access for people living in rural areas.
Acupuncture Relief Project tackles complicated medical cases through accurate assessment and the cooperation of both governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Cooperation with the local government yields a unique opportunities to establish a new integrated medicine outpost in Bajra Barahi, Makawanpur, Nepal.
Complicated medical cases require extraordinary effort. This episode follows 4-year-old Sushmita in her battle with tuberculosis.
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.
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.
This episode looks at the people and the process of creating a new generation of Nepali rural health providers.
In this 2011, documentary, Film-maker Tristan Stoch successfully illustrates many of the complexities of providing primary medical care in a third world environment.
I am tremendously proud to announce that eight volunteer practitioners have been selected for the Acupuncture Relief Project's 2009 Nepal clinic. We are excited about having a mixed group of practitioners from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Southwest College of Acupuncture and Samra University of Oriental Medicine. Our clinic in Chapaguan Nepal will run from October 1st to Dec 31st with volunteers providing 290 days of medical care to the people of this region. Our teams aspire to offer nearly 6000 acupuncture and herbal treatments over this time period.
Our two clinic teams made up of four practitioners will serve in the clinic for seven weeks each. Click these links for more information on our volunteersTeam A (Sept. 21st to Nov 6th) and Team B (Nov 2nd to Dec 18th). Two of our practitioners will stay beyond these dates offering additional clinic coverage.
Nepal's fragile government continues to struggle to maintain control resulting in wide-spread episodes of violence, corruption and economic devastation. We feel strongly that our efforts are beneficial in providing a fundamental human-right of basic healthcare to a region that is completely without government services.
Please consider making a cash donation in support of our gifted and generous volunteers.
$20 pays for an interpreter for 10 days!
$50 pays for one practitioner's clinic supplies for one week!
$100 pays all of our clinic expenses for one day!
Think for a moment about how much impact we can have when we can treat a 120 people for as little as $100.
I sincerely thank you for your continued interest and support. -Andrew
NADA staff writer Ryan Bemis wrote a great article about our project which was featured as the cover story in the May issue of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association's newsletter. We have received numerous calls and emails from the acupuncture community in support of our efforts in Nepal. Read the article by clicking here.
Acupuncture Relief Project is proud to announce its plans to return to Nepal in 2009 and is currently taking applications from qualified acupuncture practitioners for two clinic camps (Sept. 21st to Nov. 6th. and Nov. 2nd to Dec. 18th, 2009). Each camp will last seven weeks and be limited to four practitioners. We are also accepting applications from practitioners who would like to serve in Nepal other times during the year. Applications for the 2009 project must be received by May 1st, 2009 to be considered for this project
As a Oriental medicine practitioner, we assure you an insightful experience and an opportunity to perfect and learn new skills while witnessing the transformative power of your medicine. More importantly you will be serving a community that desperately needs your support.
Please click here to download our application packet or contact me for more information.
I’m very excited about offering this opportunity and I hope that we will be working together in Nepal. -Andrew