Prayash – health check-ups in Nepal

This is a WYDO endorsed project.

Prayash is a Nepali word literally meaning “an attempt/ an endeavor”, and this project is just that- an endeavor by young doctors and medical students to deliver healthcare to the underprivileged. Prayash is a project endorsed by WYDO.

The project started out as an effort to bring medical students closer to the society they will serve in their professional careers by means of some philanthropic action. While this project is just a small step in fulfilling the gaps in the health care system, it has the goal of developing socially responsible physicians with good people skills as well as sharpening their clinical skills. As a starting point the project focuses on two extremes of the population pyramid, the children and the elderly especially; those lacking family support, living in orphanages and elderly homes.

The project works on the foundation of on the spot general health checkups combined with health education regarding common health problems and healthy habits. The team consists of Intern doctors and Medical Students from Institute of Medicine, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal with guidance provided by Dr. Maniraj Neupane, Nepal and Dr. Reto Pezzolli, Switzerland.

Read more on the activities of Prayash in the report of June 2015.

Young doctors from other countries can also join the visits. If you are interested you can arrange this through the project coordinator: Dr Suvash Dawadi, [email protected].

Health education on dental hygiene and demonstration of proper brushing technique

An intern doctor documenting medical history from one of the participants

Sleeping dorm in the orphanage

An intern doctor examines a boy

Red Pearl Society Kathmandu, Nepal

This is a WYDO endorsed project.


Red pearl society was founded in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal by the doctors Kumar Paudel and Alexander Falk. Red Pearl Society is a humanitarian organization working for free healthcare services to the underprivileged and needy community. Since after earthquake on April 25th, our members were deployed in the most affected areas of Nepal. During this period we treated around 3000 cases of simple to life-threatening injuries.

Red pearl has extended its activity to provide basic needs to the displaced population living in camps and we want to make healthcare accessible for patients, that physically cannot or cannot afford to come to a hospital. We are making constant advocacy asking for free healthcare and a health insurance system in Nepal. We are also working on achieving NGO status in Nepal. A central part of our activities is to generate contact to foreign doctors and bring them into contact with the doctors in Nepal. We already made several of these visits possible and could welcome specialists like rheumatologist or uro-oncologists to Nepal, which supported us and especially needy patients with equipment, donations and their expertise. We want to extend these activities.

Our main focus at the moment is to support poor patients in hospitals and health camps. To be able to do this we are dependent on donations. We already had a successful donation campaign in November 2015. This money was invested in equipment for Tribhuvan Teaching Hospital and the other part of the money is still used for poor patient support.