HRDC (Projects Abroad) Nepal
This elective is organised by Projects Abroad.
HRDC is in Banepa which is in the Kavre District. Kathmandu is roughly a one-hour drive away by car, or one and a half hours away by bus. HRDC mainly works with children with orthopaedic problems. The main aim of the hospital is to give a good health service to children who are from poor backgrounds.
Surgery is done in a very low-cost way and those who are not able to pay the hospital are given free treatment. However, volunteers may not be able to observe the surgery due to the hospital guidelines.
The centre for physically disabled children opened in 1985 with the support of Terre des Hommes (TdH) of Switzerland. In 1992, the ownership of the programme was transferred to the Friends of the Disabled (FOD), a Nepalese non-governmental organization. The FOD has been continuously striving to reach out to more and more disabled children with the aim of providing comprehensive, high quality services both within the centre and the wider community.
We realise the importance of patient education and their families play an active part in this process. We hope that by educating patients and their families we are indirectly disseminating such knowledge to their communities.
HRDC works within a 5 year strategic plan with specific targets, objectives and indicators.
HRDC is one of the teaching hospitals of Kathmandu University and plays a crucial role as one of their venues for the Master degree programme in orthopaedic surgery.