Background of the Amppipal Hospital
1951 - King Tribhuvan reestablishes monarchy.
1955 - 8.5 million inhabitants in Nepal, 90% farmers.
1957 - "Gorkha project" established by Jonathan Lindell from United Mission to Nepal (UMN). A six days’ walk West from Kathmandu a dispensary and
1958 - A dispensary made from stone is built.
1960 - In November Dr. Helen Huston from Canada arrives to support the nurses until January 1961 and again after 1963 until the 90’s.
1965 - 2.500 students were enrolled at Gorkha schools started by UMN.
1968 - 25.308 patients were seen this year in the dispensary, 288 operations.
1969 - March 25, move to the new hospital building at a resting place (chautara) 15 minutes’ walk below the village.
1971 - Drs. Tom and Cynthia Hale join the Amppipal Hospital team.
1982 - Book burning at the hospital by communist village youth amidst political unrest in Nepal, affecting the hospital until 1984.
1985 - Canadian Dr. Del Haug is a senior member of the medical team. He is a primary care physician. The team also includes a specialist surgeon
1985 - The vast majority of patients attending the Amppipal Hospital are subsistence farmers who live in poverty.
1990 - Democratic parties start to govern the country.
1992 - 23.0 million inhabitants in Nepal.
2001 - UMN leaves Amppipal hospital. One Nepali doctor is left, working in part time. The hospital is run by a local board under authority of the Nepal
2005 - December 25, the first road from the village to the hospital is built by funds from Dr. Starke and Nepalmed.
2006 - August, Hospital receives a first Ambulance car from the Indian Embassy.
2008 - A campaign to build smoke-free ovens starts in Amppipal Village Development Committee (VDC).
2011 - Photovoltaic electricity and solar warm water for patient bath are installed at the hospital with support from the German embassy.
2012 - March 2012 until December 2013 – interim period with no permanent doctor at the hospital. Multitudes of short term assignment doctors
2012 - The new building for operation theatre, labour ward and gynaecology ward are opened, financed by Nepal government and Nepalmed.
2012 - September, Prime Minister Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai visited the Hospital and appreciated the service provided by the hospital. Smoke free ovens
2013 - A waste incinerator is installed with support from the German embassy, Hein Stahl from Interplast and Nepalmed. Mobile x-ray installed in
2013 - October, Amppipal hospital has its own MBBS doctor, trained with support of Nepalmed. A total of 4 young Nepalese doctors work in the
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