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Documenting the challenges faced by citizens and healthcare workers in rural Nepal, as they struggle to improve their quality of life.

"A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." -Gibran Kahlil Gibran

In a Nutshell: This mixture of art and science will combine pictures, personal stories, and research data to promote a better understanding of the challenges of rural healthcare delivery.

The Plan: Over the next year and a half, I will be conducting research on rural healthcare delivery in the district of Achham, Nepal.  The residents of this region suffer from extreme poverty, high infant and maternal mortality rates, and a severe HIV epidemic, and until recently had no accessible medical services.  This research will be conducted at Bayalpata Hospital, which is in the process of scaling up its capabilities to include surgical and mental health services in order to better suit the needs of its patients.  While I am there, I plan to engage community members in an ongoing discourse about the challenges they face, their perceptions of the healthcare process, and what they would like to see improved.  As a quasi-anthropologist, I uphold the values of culturally-sensitive, community-based change to improve the quality of life for all involved.

I believe that it is essential to make information accessible and engaging, rather than to limit its influence to a select faction of society.  Though I will also be formally documenting this work via scientific papers, this photo-essay will share the stories and images that are so often lost in the translation from real life to regimented jargon.  The people of Achham have many stories to tell, and countless lessons to teach us all about life, death, and the delicate balance between the two.

Your contribution will enable me to help them tell their story.

Where the Money Goes: To make this happen, I will need photographic supplies and funding to access isolated communities that I would not otherwise be able to visit.  I will also need resources to self-publish the finished product upon my return to the U.S.  All funding received will be used for these purposes only.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

-You can find the initial article published about the scientific side of things here: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/1/1/e000166.full

-You can see some of my photography here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=BirdBrady&target=ALBUM&id=5685409314661790033&authkey=Gv1sRgCOjY4pnI5vPbRQ&feat=email

-You can read the blog about the hospital and its progress here: http://blog.nyayahealth.org/

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