A4WH is an Australian charitable trust. It was founded in 2010 by Gynaecologist Obstetrician, Dr Ray Hodgson. The objective of A4WH is to improve the appalling state of women’s health in Nepal.
The magnitude of women’s reproductive health problems in Nepal is enormous. This is largely due to gender discrimination from early childhood on a background of limited availability of health services.
A4WH undertakes regular medical and surgical ventures in Nepal to provide treatment to underprivileged women and to train to local doctors, nurses and midwives.
The organisation is registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and is fully transparent with all finances. There are no religious affiliations.
A4WH has two major arms within Nepal:
- Maternal Health – to reduce very high levels of maternal and perinatal mortality In Nepal a mother dies every four hours and a baby dies every 20 minutes. Most of these deaths are preventable through relatively simple measures.
- Genital Prolapse – to treat and prevent very high levels of genital prolapse. Severe prolapse is distressing, both physically and emotionally. Prevention and treatment of this pervasive disease is paramount.
The 2015 earthquakes in Nepal destroyed or severely damaged large numbers of hospitals and health centres including Gaurishankar Hospital in Dolakha, north-east Nepal. Eight-five percent of medical clinics in this district of Nepal were damaged or destroyed.
A4WH has worked with other partners including United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), International Medical Relief (IMR), to provided mobile emergency health camps in this region.
Gaurishankar Hospital provided treatment for approximately 30,000 patients per year.
Due to major structural damage Gaurishankar Hospital is no longer safe for use and is undergoing demolition.
As a result medical and surgical treatment in this area has taken place in basic tents.
The health of all Nepalese in this area has suffered; women’s reproductive health is now in a critical state.
A4WH’s current focus is to provide funds to build a Mothers and Babies Hospital on the site of Gaurishankar Hospital.
Estimated construction costs: $AUS 500,000
Maintenance and running costs: provided by local NGO partner, Dhulikhel Hospital
A4WH is actively seeking sponsors and donors to raise funds for this life-saving project.