Healthcare in Nepal

Health Care Expenditure

In 2002, government funding for health matters was approximately US$2.30 per person. Approximately 70% of health expenditures came from out-of-pocket contributions. Government allocation for health care was around 5.8% of the budget for 2009.[1] In 2012, the Nepalese government decided to launch a pilot program on universal health insurance in five districts of the country.

Health System Organization

  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
  • Director General Health Services
  • Regional Directorates (5)
  • Districts (75)
  • 180 Primary Health Centers
  • 711 Health Posts
  • 3179 Sub Health Posts

Financing Health Care in Nepal

  • Foreign Donor Expenditure as % of total: 62 %
  • Main foreign donors include: WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, World Bank, GTZ, DFID, USAID, JICA, SDC.
  • There is a huge gap between the amount of funds committed to Nepal healthcare and the amount of funds that are able to absorbed and actually end up providing healthcare services.
    • i.e. U.K. donated 5 million dollars a year for 5 years to battle HIV/AIDS
  • Government Expenditure as % of total: 23.5 % (2000)

Medical Education

  • Nepal has 10 medical schools
  • About 500 new doctors graduate each year
  • Post graduate education is popular in the UK and Pakistan
  • 70% of faculty from abroad (mostly India)


Supported Organisations