Siddhasthali Rural Community Hospital is taking proactive steps towards promoting sustainable and equitable healthcare in Nepal through its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Below are some of the specific actions that we have taken to contribute towards a more sustainable and equitable future.
SDG 1 – No Poverty:
Our hospital is committed to addressing poverty and improving population health by implementing various programs and interventions. These efforts include providing emergency aid in disaster situations, which protects life and prevents the exacerbation of poverty due to ill health. Through community outreach programs, such as health camps, we provide healthcare services to underserved populations, including those living in poverty. Additionally, our organization empowers vulnerable groups by providing skill training and income-generating opportunities. These initiatives aim to improve economic status, reduce poverty, and ultimately improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger:
We recognize the importance of skill training in eradicating hunger and malnutrition, and we are working to empower vulnerable groups, especially women, through skill training and income-generating opportunities. We understand that poverty and hunger are closely related, and by providing these individuals with the tools to improve their economic status, we are addressing the root causes of food insecurity.
SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being:
We are committed to improving health and well-being by providing affordable healthcare for all individuals and free health services to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through our not-for-profit hospital. In addition, our satellite clinics/health camps expand our reach to serve communities that may not have access to healthcare.
SDG 4 – Quality Education:
We promote health literacy by publishing educational materials that promote health, well-being, and environmental awareness. Additionally, we conduct research studies to advance knowledge and understanding in the healthcare field.
SDG 5 – Gender Equality:
Our hospital is committed to providing gender-inclusive health services, ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender, has access to quality healthcare. We prioritize inclusive recruitment practices that promote gender balance and diversity within our workforce, which fosters a welcoming and supportive environment for all patients, regardless of gender identity. In addition, we empower women and other vulnerable groups through skill training and income-generating opportunities, contributing to the promotion of gender equality.
SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy:
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting sustainable energy practices. To achieve this, we are taking action to reduce energy consumption by using natural light throughout rooms, common areas, and outdoor spaces. Additionally, we have installed 100 KWP solar panels on the rooftop to generate clean and renewable energy.
SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth:
Our hospital actively promotes economic growth and decent work by creating job opportunities and capacity building for health workers in rural Nepal. By providing employment opportunities for doctors, nurses, technicians, administrative staff, and other healthcare professionals, we contribute to reducing unemployment rates and improving the community’s economic well-being. Furthermore, we are committed to building the capacity of our health workers through training and resources that will enhance their skills and knowledge, resulting in better health outcomes for our patients.
SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure:
We are promoting SDG-9 by establishing and constructing sustainable buildings and procuring sustainable equipment that helps reduce our environmental impact and improve our resource efficiency.
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities:
We are taking action to promote sustainable healthcare and environmental health by implementing eco-friendly practices in our operations. We understand the importance of creating a sustainable healthcare system that meets the needs of present and future generations, particularly in the rural communities we serve.
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production:
We are committed to promoting responsible consumption and production, as outlined in SDG 12. To achieve this, we are taking proactive steps to reduce plastic waste generated at our hospital and promote environmentally friendly practices such as recycling waste materials. Additionally, we are implementing initiatives to reuse unwanted goods donated by patients, contributing to reducing waste and promoting sustainable consumption patterns.
SDG 13 – Climate Action:
We are actively working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing green solar energy and planting trees on an annual basis. We recognize that the use of hospital services generates carbon emissions. To offset this impact, we have implemented a program to plant one tree for every 100 individuals who visit our hospital.
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals:
Our hospital is committed to promoting SDG 17 by fostering collaborations with non-profit organizations, universities, governments, private sectors, and other stakeholders. Through these collaborations, we aim to mobilize resources and expertise to expand our health services and improve health outcomes for underserved populations. Additionally, we work closely with local NGOs and communities to ensure our health services reach those with limited access to healthcare.