Population: 28,563,377 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $1,100 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $78 (Intl $, 2006)
Nepal is located in Southern Asia, between China and India. Much of the country is elevated and rugged, including the great peaks of the Himalayas.
Implementing Partner in-Country: Patan Hospital (Drs. Buddhi Pauydal*** and Rishi Shrestha)
International Supporters: Rotary Club of Lane Cove, Sydney Australia
Life for a Child Support
Patan is a large city close to the capital Kathmandu. Through communications started by a Peace Corps volunteer, we became aware of the needs that the hospital had in helping to properly care for children with diabetes, some of whom live in remote areas and travel to Patan Hospital for supplies and education.
We commenced the support of 10 children, providing insulin, syringes, medical tests, and more recently self-blood glucose monitoring. The number of children and youth supported has grown to 20.
Three of the children the Program helps were featured in a documentary film Life for a Child, (link) which was directed by Academy Award-nominee Edward Lachman and produced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli Lilly and Company. The film aims to show the challenges that diabetes brings to families in the developing world, and increase support for the IDF Life for a Child Program.