• Primary Care

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

    The care we provide is deeply appreciated and the communities we serve trust our commitment, knowledge and expertise.
  • 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.
  • objective outcomes

    Our volunteers hone their clinical skills by properly assessing their patient's condition and setting achievable outcome goals.
  • confidence

    Our volunteers acquire the confidence to serve as primary care providers, treating 15 to 25 patients per day in our community style clinic.
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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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The Best Care I Can Give

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

Stepping off the plane into Kathmandu immediately put my senses on overload. Trash everywhere, burn piles in the streets, dusty haze hanging still in the air, beggars that make your heart contract, ragged stray dogs balding and weak. The traffic is horrendous, some sort of organized chaos that takes your breath away in more ways than one. Kathmandu city is notably loud and Nepal's winter is so so cold, without any escape.

... And yet, there is so much priceless beauty in the peoples eyes and in these sacred temples that it just stops you in your tracks.

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

After our adventure in the big city, we arrive to Chapagaon and I feel appreciative of the farmlands that surround our landscape here. Right away we head on a walk to become familiar with the neighborhood. The roads are more like what you might find on a backpacking trip, rocky terrain and slippery slopes, though littered with plastic wrappers. Around the backside of the clinic there are seemingly endless terraced farmlands. This time a year these gardens are filled with either mustard greens, bolting yellow mustard flowers, emerald green scallions or 2 foot tall fava beans. The majority of the fields have been covered in a cover crop until this last week. Now they are all transforming into rows waiting to be seeded. I take this as a hopeful sign that warmer weather is to come.

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

The day before beginning to treat, we are braced with a few questions to think about. What good is your compassion here without any wisdom? That question resonates inside, turning my stomach over on itself with the responsibility I feel for being a Doctor here. Understanding the difference between Treatment vs. Care and what exactly we are here to do. Its not a matter of how good our needle technique or Chinese Medical theory is. Instead we are here to see a larger picture of how to give our patients their best care. While doing so, holding both compassion and wisdom at the forefront. The compassion to be present and the wisdom to know when to treat and when to send out for the appropriate care.

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

Now we are three weeks in and I realize the magical exchange that happens within these clinic walls. Sinking into the flow, i feel as though I have had a moment to reflect for the first time. For the first few weeks, I felt as though hit by an emotional truck. The initial impact of the patients stories have hung heavy in my heart and I felt unclear how exactly to digest it all. Then one morning this week it became clear, that this is a mutual experience of giving and learning. I am here to heal and grow just as much as the patients coming into our clinic. This lifts the foggy veil of responsibility that has clouded my mind and allows me to work from a clarity. Only in this way will I be able to interact from a place of wisdom and compassion, delivering the best care i can give. --- Emma Goulart

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

Emma Goulart | Acupuncture Volunteer Nepal

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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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