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Local People Assume Responsibility for Their Health Service, The Experience of Mahankal Health Service Management Committee, Nepal

Author: Nakarmi, G. K.
Author Background:
Date 1/2000
Type Bulletin
Journal Title: IDS Bulletin
Volume/Pages 31(1) 69-73
Subject Matter Community Development; International
Abstract Describes the activities of the Baudha Bahunipati Family Welfare Project (BBP), which was set up by the national-level NGO (nongovernmental organization) Family Planning Assoc of Nepal in 1973 to distribute contraceptives & provide a basic medical service. In the districts in which it operates, the BBP set in motion a process of initiating bottom-up planning, handing over responsibility to locally formed NGOs & creating a sustainable program of local activities. Several NGOs have resulted from this process, & focus here is on the experiences of one of them - the Mahankal Health Service Management Committee - & how it became financially self-supporting through charging for medicines & services. 1 Figure. Adapted from the source document