Increasing Access to Physical Therapy in Nepal
Tricia Sullivan continues to coordinate with her medical and therapy colleagues in Nepal to develop rehabilitation services there. She established Rehab Nepal Inc.to serve as the charitable organization to house donations. Tricia has presented to UU congregations and other organizations, and submitted proposals to foundations.
The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead has a long
standing commitment to social justice work. Social Justice requires that we recognize the
inherent worth and dignity of every person no matter their location, level of ability, or financial
worth. This overarching principle applies to the equality of providing health care to those in
Social justice and our intonation that “service is our prayer” are actualized by our member Dr.
Patricia Sullivan’s humanitarian commitment in Nepal. She has been working with leaders of the
physical therapy program to improve the curriculum and patient outcomes. Then after the 2015
earthquakes she established Rehab Nepal, Inc. a 501c3 a charitable organization to Improve
Access to Physical Therapy in Nepal. After the earthquakes the immediate medical care was
remarkably good considering the number of people needing treatment and the rural locations of
many of the injured. Many still require rehabilitation to recover from the multiple fractures,
amputations, spinal cord and brain injuries sustained in the quakes and landslides. In addition to
the rehabilitation of those injured in the earthquakes, people need physical therapy who have
had a stroke, heart condition, women with bladder prolapse due to early and multiple
pregnancies, children with developmental delay, those recovering from complex fractures many
from motor cycle accidents, and elderly who are at risk for falling.
The goal is to create an in-patient and outpatient physical rehabilitation unit at Dhulikhel
Hospital and at 6 of the hospital’s rural health clinics. In addition to many smaller donations,
Rotary International has provided the majority of the money needed for this project. Financial
investments are needed to provide services in the rural clinics where subsistence farmers earn
approximately $2:50 per day.
Your support of this vital social justice project is needed to ensure its success.