• Providing Access

    According to the World Health Organization, Nepal's healthcare system ranks 150th in the world with less than one doctor per 6000 people.
  • Effective Treatment

    Frequent, focused treatments allow us to see positive changes in a patient's condition quickly.
  • more than acupuncture

    Our volunteers include massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, naturopaths, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners and allopathic physicians.
  • Primary Care

    Since 2008, Acupuncture Relief Project volunteers have delivered over 300,000 primary care visits in rural Nepal.
  • Building relationships

    Learning to understand each other and truly listen is the first step in building trust and lasting friendships.
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Our Mission

Why Nepal and why acupuncture? Find out about our model for providing primary care in rural Nepal Read More
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Our Clinics

Since 2008, our clinics have provided over 300,000 primary care visits. Read More
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Our Partners

Strategic partnerships allow us to influence government policy an achieve educational goals. Read More
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Volunteer With Us

Acupuncture Relief Project needs your help. We have two volunteer programs designed to provide you opportunities to serve. Read More
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Our Evidence

Case studies and other field research helps us analyze the efficacy of our clinic efforts. Read More
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VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY CARE CLINICS IN NEPAL

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued with political unrest and military conflict for the past decade. In 2015, a pair of major earthquakes devastated this small and fragile country. 

Since 2008, the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided over 300,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu Nepal. Our efforts include the treatment of patients living without access to modern medical care as well as people suffering from extreme poverty, substance abuse and social disfranchisement.

Common conditions include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery.

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Compassion Connect : Documentary Series

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    In the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, this episode explores the challenges of providing basic medical access for people living in rural areas.

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    Episode 1: Rural Primary Care

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    Acupuncture Relief Project tackles complicated medical cases through accurate assessment and the cooperation of both governmental and non-governmental agencies.

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    EPISODE 2: INTEGRATED MEDICINE

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    Cooperation with the local government yields a unique opportunities to establish a new integrated medicine outpost in Bajra Barahi, Makawanpur, Nepal.

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    EPISODE 3: WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT

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    Complicated medical cases require extraordinary effort. This episode follows 4-year-old Sushmita in her battle with tuberculosis.

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    EPISODE 4: CASE MANAGEMENT

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    Drug and alcohol abuse is a constant issue in both rural and urban areas of Nepal. Local customs and few treatment facilities prove difficult obstacles.

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    EPISODE 5: SOBER RECOVERY

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    Interpreters help make a critical connection between patients and practitioners. This episode explores the people that make our medicine possible and what it takes to do the job.

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    EPISODE 6: THE INTERPRETERS

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    This episode looks at the people and the process of creating a new generation of Nepali rural health providers.

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    EPISODE 7: FUTURE DOCTORS OF NEPAL

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    In this 2011, documentary, Film-maker Tristan Stoch successfully illustrates many of the complexities of providing primary medical care in a third world environment.

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    COMPASSION CONNECTS: 2012 PILOT EPISODE

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From Our Blog

 

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Seasons Greetings from Nepal

Garret



When Leith. Garret and I originally began this project we envisioned a six week project in which we hoped to see maybe 3000 patients. We worked like demons on all of the logistics of founding a non-profit organization, raising money, gathering supplies, transporting hundreds of pounds of said supplies and standing up to the rigors of treating so many patients in less than optimal conditions. As we have reached our official project benchmark I am proud to announce that the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided 116 practitioner treatment days and administered 2443 acupuncture treatments to 806 patients in the Campagoan valley of Nepal.

LeithWe have seen some amazing results especially in the areas of chronic pain, fever paralysis and GI disorders. We have also had to work though many frustrations and a few disappointing outcomes (mostly involving patients near death, victims of domestic violence and patients suffering from serious long term illness').

At this point our team will be taking separate directions. Leith and Garret will be taking some time to travel (Leith to India and Garret to Japan) while I will continue to see patients for 3 more weeks. I've decided to focus my attention on a few promising patients who are suffering from bone tuberculosis, Pott's spine, fever induced paralyis, foot drop and neuropathy. All of the patients I have selected have made substantial improvment and I am hoping that intensive treatment over next few weeks will provide lasting results.

Garret will return to the clinic in late January and treat for an additional 8 to 10 weeks. Leith returns February 1st for an additional 4 weeks in the clinic. This should bring our project to over 200 practitioner treatment days in Nepal.

In this season of family and friends, I think of my family far from here and hope that they know I am exactly where I need to be. I'm proud of the work we have done here and extremely honored to have worked with Leith, Garret and Diane over these past few months.

AndrewAnd thanks to all of you who follow our project with all of your loving support. -Andrew

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Featured Case Studies

  • Lumbar Stenosis due to Osteoartritis +

    Sarah Martin MAcOM LAc November 2012 OVERVIEW 36-year-old Read More
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    Jennifer Walker MAcOM LAc December 2011 Overview 35-year-old Read More
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    Felicity Woebkenberg MAcOM LAcOctober 2011 Overview 31-year-old male Read More
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