The Binaytara Foundation in partnership with the local government will establish a comprehensive cancer center in Ramgopalpur, Nepal, to provide cutting-edge treatment to patients while also serving as a hub for research and education.
It will be the first public cancer center in Nepal’s Province 2, which is the most densely populated in the country and second most populated overall at 5 million. This project will have a huge impact on the region, which has virtually no access to cancer care. The nearest cancer center is an 8-hour drive to Kathmandu. The establishment of this center comes at a time when Nepal is experiencing a surging burden of non-communicable diseases. And being a developing country, Oncology in Nepal is currently in its infancy. There are only four public cancer centers with radiation therapy facilities in the entire country. There are also a limited number of private cancer centers, but those are more expensive and thus out of reach for the vast majority of Nepal citizens, who lack health insurance.
This project, estimated to cost $7 million and be completed in 4 years, is the largest undertaking by the Binaytara Foundation since it was founded in 2007. Costs for the project include construction, training, equipment, and more. The Binaytara Foundation is up for the challenge. Some of its previous projects include establishing a hospice and palliative care training center in India, establishing the first bone marrow transplant center in Nepal, and providing cervical cancer screening for 1,000 women in Nepal.
The first step the Binaytara Foundation will take in developing the cancer center will be establishing preventive oncology programs as well as hospice and palliative care programs. We estimate the cost of this first phase to be about $200,000. It involves establishing screening services, a laboratory, community outreach, and training of physicians, nurses and other staff. We aim to finish the first phase by the end of 2018.