WHO WE ARE
Cancer is a major public health problem that affects all countries. Developing and implementing an effective cancer control plan and reducing inequalities in access to prevention, diagnosis and quality care is a national challenge in every country.
Nepal is a low-income country in Southeast Asia with a population of 29,7 million where cancer control has not been a priority public health agenda. According to the Global Cancer Observatory, there were an estimated 20 508 new cancer cases and 13 629 cancer deaths in Nepal in 2020. Mortality is high in low- and middle-income countries and associated with poor prognosis which is due to lack of awareness, delayed diagnosis, inequity in health accessibility, and affordability as compared to high-income countries.
This shows that cancer necessitates collaborations among stakeholders to develop cancer prevention and a cancer control strategy tailored to the country’s needs.
All figures presented are from hospital data and do not represent the total population. There just one population-based cancer registry created in 2018 which covers only 20.3% of the total population : the Cancer Registry Program. It is therefore difficult to precisely know of incidence rates, future incidence rates and the number of cancer deaths. In reality there are many more new cases and deaths from cancer than the figures show.
To date, no national cancer screening program has been implemented in the country.
Cancer screening services are available only in tertiary level hospitals and private clinics in cities and this has a cost for the person who wants to be screened.
Occasionally, cost-free screening camps are organized by non-governmental organizations like my NGO Nidhi Shakti Health Protection Center (NHPC).
It is to promote health accessibility through health education and services that I founded this association in 2016, based in Kathmandu, Nepal .
In concrete terms, NHPC acts on three levels: we provide access to care for socially and economically vulnerable people, and to early cancer screening in rural and urban areas, and we invest in public education campaigns dedicated to cancer.
Thanks to the involvement of our volunteers and or donators, we are currently in partnership with 10 hospitals in Kathmandu Valley, and more than five thousand patients have been helped.
Thank you for being with us and sharing these values, which we believe are right.
Pradip Shapkota, President of Nidhi Shakti Health Protection Center.
STORY BEHIND NHPC
Late diagnosis of cancer and failure to provide treatment condemn many people to unnecessary suffering and early death. Early cancer diagnosis saves lives, I’m living proof of this!
Having a cancer does not mean end of your life. From my cancer story, I have learned many things and the most important of all is now I have to live a meaningful life.
– Pradip Shapkota
Mr. Pradip Sapkota, the executive director of Nidhishakti Health protection Center was diagnosed with mouth cancer in the year 2014. After surgery and radiation therapies, he was able to fight cancer away. Being a cancer survivor, he thinks he has got victory over death. He wants to spread his survivorship story to comfort and encourage all the cancer patients and their families.
In the Nepalese context, where people often lose their precious lives due to carelessness in signs, symptoms of diseases in early stage, he thought a great need for spreading health awareness and providing access to early detection of disease in both rural and urban setting. NHPC was formed from his deep willingness to help people get aware and live a healthy life.
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There is more happiness in giving.
You have the power to make a difference, to bring new hope to fight the disease: together, let's support life!
The leadership team of Nidhi Shakti Health Protection Centre works every day to achieve the mission of the association, which is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Together, we envision a future where the incidence and mortality of cancer in Nepal is dramatically reduced through prevention measures.
Krishna Murari Koirala
Padam Bahadur Basnet
Dr. Gisup Prasiko
Sr consultant at Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Center
Dr. Kapendra Shekhar Amatya
Consultant Surgical Oncologist & Head of Department at Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Center
Dr. Sudip Shrestha
Founder and Executive Chairman at Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Center
Consultant & Unit chief Head and Neck Oncologyoncosurgery at Nepal Cancer Hospital & Research Center
Dr.Prakash Raj Neupane
Chief and Senior consultant Oncosurgeon ,B&B Hospital_ President, Surgical Oncology Society of Nepal
Ajay Raj Joshi
CEO, Suvidha Sewa Pvt.Ltd
President at Nepal Health Professional Federation
We work together, hand-in-hand
Thanks a lot to all our partners.
Each partners is precious to the association, so it is a unique story that we write together. The time of mobilized employees, a donation of medicines, a financial donation... each act of contribution goes to the benefit of the public education and support for cancer patients.