|Type||Healthcare Non Governmental Organization|
|Achham and Dolakha, Nepal|
|Mission||Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor. The organization is pioneering an approach called durable healthcare, which brings together the best of private, public, and philanthropic models.|
Possible (formerly known as Nyaya Health, and operating in Nepal as Nyaya Health Nepal) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that delivers healthcare vis-à-vis public-private partnership agreements with the Government of Nepal. The organization currently manages the healthcare in Achham, a district in the Far Western region of Nepal in partnership with the Nepali government's Ministry of Health and Population. Since 2008, Possible has treated over 275,000 patients in rural Nepal through a durable healthcare system of government hospitals, clinics, and community health workers.
Since the earthquakes this spring, Possible has committed to building back the healthcare system differently, and is expanding its model to Dolakha District—where 87% of the healthcare facilities were destroyed.
This year, Possible's CEO Mark Arnoldy and Co-Founder Duncan Maru were named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the year.
In 2014, Possible's Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder Dr. Duncan Maru was awarded an Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to scientifically assess certain aspects of our rural healthcare delivery model.
Philosopher Peter Singer's organization, The Life You Can Save (named for his book The Life You Can Save) lists Possible as one of its Top 10 Recommended Charities where donors can give most effectively.
- Possible spent the next year doing epidemiological studies, negotiating with the Nepali local and central governments, establishing supply chains, and raising funds. A former grain shed in Sanfe Bagar, Achham District, was selected as the site for Possible's first clinic, The Sanfe Bagar Medical Clinic.
- In 2007, Possible was selected as one of three organizations around the world to be beneficiaries of an international design contest sponsored by Open Architecture Network and AMD. The design challenge was for a telemedicine center, and was won by Max Fordham LLP of London, UK. However, the telemedicine center was never built due to lack of funding.
- The Sanfe Bagar Medical Clinic was opened on 6 April 2008. Initial programs focused on maternal health, child malnutrition, and HIV and tuberculosis treatment.
- Soon after the opening of the Sanfe Bagar Medical Clinic, the community requested that Possible take over administration of the nearby Bayalpata Hospital. The hospital was built in 1976, but had never been staffed and had fallen into disrepair. Possible joined in a formal contractual partnership with the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population to jointly renovate and scale up services at the facility over a period of five years. The hospital opened 21 June 2009.
- In September 2009, Possible instituted a new Mortality Review Program. Each death occurring at the Bayalpata hospital is reviewed by both the Nepali and international teams for systems-level changes to prevent future deaths. The de-identified reports are then published for review by the Web community.
- In 2010, the hospital revamped and expanded its Community Health Worker program by integrating it with the Nepali government's Female Health Care Volunteer program. To do this, an agreement was negotiated whereby Possible would pay the women volunteers for performing certain tasks, thus raising the status of the women and establishing accountability.
- On 2 December 2013, Possible launched its Crowdfund Health campaign using funds awarded by Sappi's Ideas That Matter design competition.
- On 18 March 2014, the organization officially changed its name from Nyaya Health to Possible.
- In December 2014, Dr. Duncan Maru was awarded an Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- In February 2015, the team implemented Nepal's first integrated Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
Possible is organized as two closely connected NGOs, the Nepal-based NGO (Nyaya Health Nepal) that implements health programs in partnership with the Nepali Ministry of Health and Population, and the International 501c3 NGO (Possible Health) that provides technical assistance and fundraising for the Nepal NGO. Many of the INGO volunteers are young Nepalis who have gone abroad for higher education and are now using their skills to improve conditions in their homeland.
In addition to providing free healthcare in Achham, Possible's international volunteers, both individually and collectively, act as advocates for various topics affecting the wellbeing of the poor in rural Nepal. Some examples include the cultural and economic forces that result in resource denial, the status of women, domestic violence, active screening for visceral leishmaniasis, and the need for political decentralization in order to bring about socio-economic transformation in underprivileged areas.
In November 2011, US-based charity evaluator GiveWell listed the organization then known as Nyaya Health among six standout organizations to donate to. Nyaya Health was placed below GiveWell's top recommended charities Against Malaria Foundation and Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and alongside GiveDirectly, Innovations for Poverty Action, KIPP (Houston branch), Pratham, and Small Enterprise Foundation.
GiveWell also published a detailed review of Nyaya Health in November 2011.
In November 2012, GiveWell discontinued putting out its list of standout charities.
Possible solicits donations on its website.
Total financial revenue for fiscal year 2013 was $1,259,190, broken down as follows:
- 69% Foundations and partner organizations
- 18% Individual gifts
- 10% Corporate gifts
- 3% Nepali government
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