Introduction to Aarogya Foundation

Aarogya Foundation started with a humble beginning with two individuals sharing a common vision of service but coming from different backgrounds.
Ani Choying Dolma sadly lost her mother due to kidney failure, simply because there was no proper facility for kidney treatment in Nepal. The demise of her mother and circumstances leading to it stayed close to her heart; and then she had a dream. A personal dream  to develop a centre in Nepal where kidney illness could be treated and and deaths prevented due to lack of services and resources.
Dr. Pukar Shrestha a transplant surgeon found a perfect equal in Ani-la and shared the same vision; to set up a service center within the reach of the common Nepali citizen. On one of his visits to Nepal while working in the prestigious Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom, he took up the challenge to save youths in their 20s and 30s, who were dying from organ failure in the country.  He decided then, to resign from his Senior Registrar position at the Freeman Hospital with the UK government, and returned to Nepal to develop a transplant centre, of the same quality as UK, where Nepali patients could get affordable, life-saving treatment.
Thus began the foundation stone of the Aarogya Foundation when Dr. Pukar and Ani-la met and realized that by working together and combining their strengths, they could make their shared dreams a reality.  They committed to jointly work to realize their common vision by combining their strengths in charity and specialty service.  With the help and support of many dedicated people from various quarters and professional backgrounds, the Aarogya Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in 2010.
Aarogya’s main goal is to save the lives of patients suffering from organ failure, largely resulting from kidney failure. To achieve this goal, Aarogya Foundation carries out a range of important and live saving activities, from simple but vital awareness raising, to developing the necessary technical infrastructure currently lacking in Nepal.

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Human organ donation and transplantation is one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of this century. Kidney transplantation is typically classified as deceased-donor (formerly known as cadaveric) or living-donor transplantation depending on the source of the donor organ. It is estimated that each year about 3ooo people suffer from renal failure. In the present context of Nepal, kidney is extracted only from live donors. Furthur, once people start accepting brain death, it will make avail at least 8 different organs eg. 2 kidneys, 2 lungs, 1 liver, 1 heart, 1 pancreas and 1 small intestine which will be useful to save so many lives after transplantation of these organs Evaluating the risk and benefit of the organ extraction and transplantation from the live donors and cadaveric donors, Ministry of health and population has formulated a committee in order to address the issue regarding legalization and grant of permission for the organ extraction from cadaveric patients and its transplantation.
Hand Assisted Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy started at Human Organ Transplant Center, Bhaktapur, Nepal in collaboration with two Transplant Surgeons Dr. Jiri Fronek and Dr. Libor Janousek from Prague (Czech Republic). They did laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy together with Nepali team – Transplant Surgeon Dr. Pukar C. Shrestha, Dr. Manish Shrestha and Dr. Deepak Singh and others.
Kathmandu, 5th september, 2013. Dr. Pukar Chandra Shrestha, the Executive Director and Renal Transplant Surgeon of Human Organ Transplant Center, was awarded with ‘Prabal Jana Sewa Shree’ medal 2013 by Right honorable president of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. This was in recognition of Dr. Shrestha’s contribution in the field of organ donation, organ transplantation and prevention of organ failure in Nepal.
A talk programmon Transplannt update was organised by Aarogya Foundation and Human Organ Transplant Center in Hotel Yellow Pagoda on 1st Basaikh, 2072 ( 14th April 2015). Dr. Nicholas Torpey, consultant transplant nephrologist from Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge UK gave a talk on recent advances and practices in the Renal Transplantation in the world. The program was well participated by prominent transplant clinicians, nephrologists, hepatologists, anaesthetists and social workers in the country. Dr. Torpey is a world renound tranplant nephrologist who trained Dr. Pukar Shrestha in the UK and helped Nepal achieve world class transplant result with his continious support. Before this talk, Dr. Peter Hillenbrand, a retired Gastroenterologist from the UK highlighed his experience in Nepal about mountain sickness and unnecessary loss of lives because of this. He had conducted research on how to reduce mortality of porters in Nepal due to altitute problem. He had helped Dr. Shrestha and at least 6 other Nepali doctors to be trained in the UK in different specialities. Before the talk, Both Dr.Torpey and Dr. Hillenbrand were given a warm welcome and described as ‘Heroes and True Friends’ of Nepal for their outstanding contribution to improve the health service in Nepal. Aarogya chairperson Ani Choying Dolma presented the guests with letter of appreciation and ‘token of love’ from Nepal. Dr. Torpey also participated in a program called ‘difficult transplants’ in Human Organ Transplant Center Bhaktapur and Free Transplant clinic in Aarogya Foundation which has helped Nepalese Transplant team to deal with complicated transplant patients in the country.
We rejoice to share with you that Nepal’s first Tacrolimus level measuring facility, was inaugurated by Honorable K.P. Sharma Oli on 20th Sept 2014 at Aarogya Foundation in Pulchowk, Lalitpur. This facility will help ensure successful acceptance of transplanted organs by the body. Furthermore, the introduction of this facility in Nepal has eliminated the need to outsource testing to Delhi, reducing transaction costs in foreign exchange and wait time for results by a whole week. Although these advanced services are absolutely necessary, they are not provided by commercial or government hospitals because they are neither seen as profitable nor sustainable. To fill in this gap, Aarogya established this facility with the most advanced technology at the cost of Rs. 8,000,000 (Rupees Eight Million) Founding Chairperson of Aarogya Foundation Ani Choying Drolma donated Rs. 3,500,000 (Rupees 3.5 Million) for this facility. Rejoice!

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Aarogya Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of 'dedicated to the service of needy people' specially for Kidney patients. Aarogya Foundation was born after the meeting of two people with similar aims.

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