Possible is a nonprofit healthcare company that delivers high-quality, low-cost healthcare to the world’s poor. They are pioneering a new approach, called durable healthcare, that brings together the best of private, public, and philanthropic models.
Since 2008, Possible has treated over 218,000 patients in rural Nepal through government hospitals, clinics, community health workers, and a referral network.
Ram is a 60-year-old man from Nepal who takes care of a household of six. He works as a farmer, but he has difficulty providing for his family's needs. About three years ago, Ram started to experience swelling on the right side of his groin. Within a few days, walking became painful. At a district hospital, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. In other words, part of his intestine had bulged through his abdominal wall. Doctors from the district hospital referred Ram to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. Ram is currently scheduled to undergo repair surgery on January 8. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451 to cover the expenses of the procedure, which will include the costs of the hospital stay, the medication, and the required X-rays. Ram is hopeful for the future, and says, "I wish that I could be fine again."
Anju lives with her parents and siblings in Nepal. She studies in grade seven. Her family is entirely dependent on agriculture for their living. Anju developed an abscess on her left femur about a month ago. Not only has it been extremely painful, but it has grown swollen. She can't walk by herself and needs support to move around. She finally traveled to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. To cure her abscess, Anju will undergo an incision and drainage procedure. This procedure costs $157 and will be performed on February 2.
Ashish is a three-year-old boy from Nepal. He lives in a small town with his parents. His father works as a carpenter, and his mother works in the field. Four days ago, Ashish fell off his porch and injured his arm. Since then, he has been in tremendous pain and has experienced swelling in his hand. Ashish's parents tried to treat him with herbal medicines at home. After seeing the difficulty he experienced moving his hand, they took him to the hospital to be examined. Physicians have diagnosed Ashish with a fractured elbow. He is scheduled to have the fracture repaired on February 1. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $195 to cover Ashish's hospital visit, casting, and physiotherapy. The casting should help the fracture heal properly and return function to Ashish's hand.
Nitesh is an 11-year-old boy in the fourth grade who lives with his parents in Nepal. About a week ago, Nitesh developed an abscess on his left side of neck. Initial attempts to treat the wound with herbal medicines did not help. Since then, the wound has swelled and become too painful to tolerate. As a result, Nitesh and his family decided to visit our medical partner's care center in search of help. Nitesh is currently scheduled to undergo a minor incision and drainage procedure on February 5 to remove the abscess. As his parents cannot afford the costs of the operation, our medical partner, Possible, is now requesting $157 in funding. Nitesh's father says, "I am worried about Nitesh and wish his treatment happens soon."
Netra is a seven-year-old boy living in Nepal with his parents and siblings. His father works in India, sending money to support the family back at home, while his mother grazes the cattle and cares for the children. The yield from the field provides enough food for them for about six months of the year. After falling from a tree branch, Netra sustained an open fracture in his left forearm. Since he has been unable to seek treatment, he has experienced constant pain. He has difficulty writing in school or doing other activities with his hand. Finally, he and his brother traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. Netra needs a surgical intervention to reset his arm in a cast, but his family cannot afford it. The total cost of his procedure is $541, which covers staff, imaging, medications, casting, and four days of inpatient care. His procedure is scheduled for February 5. Following his recovery and cast removal, Netra will be able to resume daily activities and focus on his studies in school.
Meet Jeevan, a young boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Nepal. His father works abroad in India to help support the family, while his mother works hard in their cattle farm. Jeevan was walking down the stairs one day when he slipped and injured his left elbow. This resulted in an elbow dislocation and severe swelling of his hand. Jeevan is in pain and needs assistance for simple everyday tasks, such as eating and bathing. Jeevan's grandfather took him to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. Jeevan has been diagnosed with a closed elbow fracture. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $195 to help cover Jeevan's treatment plan and physiotherapy. He will receive treatment on February 5. Jeevan's grandfather hopes that his grandson "will be all right."
Buddi is a 50-year-old woman from Nepal. She lives with her husband and children. She and her family members support themselves through farming. For some time, Buddi has been living with a hernia, a condition in which an organ pushes through the abdominal wall. In the past week, Buddi began experiencing immense pain and has been unable to walk. Seeking treatment, Buddi and her husband traveled to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. On February 7, Buddi will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, Possible, is asking for $451 to cover the costs of labs, medication, and hospital stay fees. "I hope my wife's treatment is successful," says Buddi's husband.
Himal is a two-year-old boy from Nepal. He lives with his parents, who are both farmers. Because their field only yields enough food to feed the family for four months of the year, Himal's father also works as a laborer in India. While Himal was playing on the roof of his house, he fell to the ground and fractured his right hand. His hand became swollen and painful, making it difficult for him to eat and dress. Himal's family traveled two days to reach our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital, for treatment. On February 5, Himal will undergo a fracture repair surgery on his right hand. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $195 to fund the procedure.
Govinda is a 59-year-old man who lives with his wife and children. His family is entirely dependent on agriculture. While his wife looks after the cattle, he tends to the farm with his son. This income keeps the family fed for only four months of the entire year. Govinda has had a painful hernia for ten years. His hernia has made it very difficult for him to walk. Recently, unable to tolerate the pain any longer, he traveled to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. He is scheduled for hernia repair surgery on February 7. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451 to fund this procedure. After treatment, Govinda will be able to walk and tend to his farm without any pain.
Hira is a 16-year-old student from Nepal. His family works in agriculture. Hira both works and attends school. This has become increasingly difficult due to an abscess that developed on his right leg about one month ago. After attempts to cure it with home remedies did not work, he sought out professional medical advice. Unlike other infections, an abscess cannot be cured by antibiotics alone. Hira will need to undergo a procedure to drain the abscess. His procedure has been set for February 2. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $157 to fund the procedure and materials. This procedure should allow Hira to return to work and school without pain.
Anup is a three-year-old boy from Nepal. He lives with his parents and siblings on their family farm. Two weeks ago, Anup developed an abscess on his palm, which has caused his whole hand to swell painfully. When Anup was unable to tolerate this pain any longer, his uncle took him on a three-hour walk to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. "We are so worried about Anup's hand," his uncle says. To treat his abscess, Anup will undergo an incision and drainage procedure. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $157 to cover the cost of the procedure and post-op care. He is scheduled to receive treatment on February 13.
Jhapat is 70 years old and lives with his wife and children. His eldest son works in Japan to support his family back home, while his other sons work on the farm with him. The yield from the field keeps them fed for about seven months of the year. During the remaining months, they buy food from the market. Recently, Jhapat began to have pain in his right groin region. He has difficulty walking or lifting heavy weight. This prompted him to take the two-hour jeep ride to reach our medical partner's hub at Bayalpata Hospital. He will undergo hernia repair surgery on February 9. During the surgery, the bulging tissues in his abdomen will be removed. Jhapat and his family cannot afford this procedure, so our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451.