We believe in supporting movements created led by those from resource-extracted communities in the global South. GlobeMed at Berkeley is committed to a long-term partnership with Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal to promote projects called for by the communities they serve. Through partnership, advocacy, and education, we work to disband social hierarchies and systems of oppression with the goal of addressing health disparities in our local communities and worldwide.
Located on the soil of its eponymous town in Nepal, Dhulikhel Hospital’s Department of Community Programs opened its doors in 2006 to provide quality health care services to rural and disadvantaged communities across the country. At its core, the hospital strives to be a paragon of social equity, sustainable development, and innovation through excellence in service and collaboration with both the government and other stakeholders within the healthcare sphere. In addition to being a health care provider, Dhulikhel Hospital emphasizes community development, rigorous research, and international collaboration. All of these qualities are the foundation of a natural partnership between Dhulikhel Hospital and GlobeMed at Berkeley.
Agriculture remains Nepal’s principal economic activity, employing about 65% of the population and providing 31.7% of GDP. This also means that 65% of the population is exposed to the occupational health risks from respiratory issues to brain damage that come with pesticide exposure, usage of machinery and other such hazards. A dire need for research and education to cater to the health needs of rural workers became apparent Dhulikhel Hospital several years ago and a lot of planning has happened since then to start something new in this sector for all of its clinics across the country.
Over the course of the year, GlobeMed at Berkeley plans to be heavily engaged in launching Dhulikhel Hospital’s latest pilot project in the virtually untapped, yet highly relevant field of environmental health. Furthermore, to continue Dhulikhel Hospital’s overarching goal of developing youth leaders for community health in rural areas of Nepal, GlobeMed will also work with the hospital’s adolescent health program and work alongside the existing program to further its leadership initiatives to ensure the project’s overall sustainability.