Nepal is a developing country that pursues to become more advanced economically and socially. Universal health coverage is an inspiring yet challenging idea that is slowly taking hold on the public here in Nepal. Currently, Nepali government and private sectors are seriously lagging behind on its healthcare services.
The country has a population of approximately 30 million people, with an estimated cancer incidence of 50,000 – 70,000 per year according to WHO. Cancer is identified as one of the major non-communicable disease (NCD). In Nepal, NCD are responsible for 42% of total deaths, cerebrovascular accidents being the lead cause responsible for 21% of all NCD deaths, followed by cancer in 7% – contributing to a major public health burden.
Cancer is a burden in our society and especially in Nepal, cancer has been increasing due to lack of awareness program, ignorance about the disease, consideration of disease as ‘incurable’ and largely due to the high cost of cancer treatment. Due to lack of awareness people often find that they have cancer when it reaches to third or fourth level, when it’s almost too late and thus people often land up losing both, their life and their property
Considering all the challenges we face in fighting cancer in Nepal, these reasons are why we do what we do. In RGMT we primarily focus on two types of service: Preventive and Curative.
Preventive: To spread awareness about cancer among people; about the symptoms, why and how it occurs and how to prevent it.
Curative: We offer financial assistance to people who cannot afford treatment. In coordination with different hospitals, RGMT undertakes every financial and counseling facility during the treatment of cancer patient
We do what we do, to bring comfort and cure, prevention and awareness about diseases like cancer that are virtually unknown and almost untreatable for the disenfranchised and rural people of Nepal. Universal government health care is a challenge for a lot of people in Nepal, this is one of the main reasons we seek to assist and support cancer patients.