For centuries traditional medical practitioners (amchis) of Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan medicine) have lived in the Himalayan highlands, producing medicine from the region’s potent plants. However, many lacked the resources necessary to provide healthcare services on a full-time basis. In recognition of this need Nepal SEEDS builds health posts by partnering with villagers who donate labor, materials, and land. Nepal SEEDS supports five clinics strategically located throughout Nubri and Tsum to maximize coverage. All are staffed by local amchis, men and women skilled in Sowa Rigpa, who continue their training with the assistance of Nepal SEEDS. These dedicated physicians see patients daily for complaints including gastro-intestinal problems, parasites, edema, arthritis, infectious diseases, influenza, cuts and wounds from wood-cutting or working with livestock, respiratory problems from smoke-filled houses, and complications incurred during childbirth.
 Women's' Health

 In Nepal, women’s lives are made difficult by hard physical labor and limited food supplies. Long days in the fields, bent over weeding while pregnant, or carrying heavy loads, results in frequent miscarriages and birthing problems. Women also experience a high rate of maternal mortality due to poor sanitation and the lack of health facilities. In 2000, Nepal SEEDS was approached by a local Women’s Association with a request for basic maternal and child health education. Nepal SEEDS agreed to sponsor two Women’s Health Training Programs in Kathmandu in the early 2000s. The success of these Training Programs led to requests to hold another program, this time in a mountain village in Nubri.
Attendance at the 2010 Women’s Health Training Program in the village of Sama was outstanding: 55 women walked up to four days to attend.  The four-day training session was conducted by Nepali nurses with experience in rural healthcare. Topics included the basic principles of primary healthcare, nutrition, sanitation, environmental health, reproductive health, and child care.

Each participant received a birthing kit containing a sharp razor blade, a bar of soap, a piece of string, and a sheet of plastic.  These small, inexpensive packages provide women the means to cut and tie umbilical cords in a safe and sanitary manner.
In the words of one participant, “Before the [SEEDS-sponsored] training our children drank dirty water; now we keep the water covered. We keep ourselves and houses clean, and eat better food. There are now fewer miscarriages; women have shorter labor pains, fewer children die, and people suffer less from disease.”

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Special Projects

Most SEEDS projects are directed at communities rather than individuals. But sometimes we are approached with requests that are difficult to refuse.
Saraswati Tuladhar is a young Nepali woman who had a terribly disfiguring facial tumor. SEEDS sponsored surgery in Oregon which has transformed her life. Saraswati rarely left her home from the age of 8 - she is now 20 - until the wonderful doctors and people of Bend, Oregon opened their hearts with extraordinary generosity and compassion.
Successful surgery removed the tumor and transformed Saraswati's life. Saraswati has returned to Nepal and was seen "striding through the streets of Kathmandu with her head held high, smiling from ear to ear." Thanks to the kindness and generosity of some caring Oregonians, SEEDS has helped Saraswati start a new life free of a crippling burden.

Health Projects
Since 1998 Nepal SEEDS has committed resources to develop a culturally appropriate healthcare system for rural communities by supporting clinics and sponsoring training.
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Kyimolung Health Clinic
In 1998 this Nepal SEEDS-sponsored, traditional Tibetan medicine clinic was built to be a healthcare provider for the 3,500 residents of Nubri Valley. Founded on land donated by the Prok village temple, the clinic is staffed by Amchi Dorje Takur and his assistant Ngawang.
In the video Dr. Dorje talks about the history and impacts of the clinic.
Shenpen Health Clinic

Built with Nepal SEEDS support in 2003, this clinic serves the upper villages of Tsum Valley. Ani Tsering Dolma, a nun and health practitioner, uses her skills and knowledge of Tibetan medicine to improve the health of the local population. She treats over 500 patients a year.
  Tsumchet Health Clinic
Construction of Tsumchet Clinic, which serves the lower villages of Tsum Valley, was recently sponsored by Nepal SEEDS. Ani Kunsang Lama, a nun trained in the Tibetan medical tradition, operates this clinic where she treated 500 people during its first year. Villagers gather the medicinal herbs to make the pills and powders she uses in Tibetan medicine.


Clinics staffed by skilled local medical practitioners are the primary means
for many people to access healthcare services in these remote areas.
Other Clinics 

Nepal SEEDS also supports Tibetan medicine clinics in Sama and Namlha Villages, Nubri. In 2008 Nepal SEEDS sponsored the construction of the Women’s Health Clinic in Bhorle, Rasuwa District. The project was initiated by Bhorle’s residents in response to concerns over child and maternal health.