Fundraising target: £1,000,000
The construction of the new building and associated areas will be overseen by Mr Om Rajbhandary, a well-respected local Nepalese developer. He is one of the original four friends involved with the creation of the current hospice twenty years ago.
It is envisaged that the new Hospice Nepal will consist of 20-24 beds in either individual rooms or as a ward-like setting. There will be 3-5 paediatric beds together with a play area.
On the top floor there is to be a National Palliative Care Training Centre where medical and nursing staff from across Nepal can be given training in palliative care.
A teaching facility will also be incorporated for visiting healthcare professionals. A large lecture room and a small seminar room are planned. A library and IT facilities to enable tele-conferencing to support the Project Echo Programme are also included.
Finally, as 80% of Nepal's population are based rurally where transport links to Kathmandu are difficult resulting in poor medical access, the new Hospice Nepal will incorporate an administrative and staff area for those involved in the palliative care outreach programme. The current rural outreach provision is to be expanded and a rural model developed which is based on the principle of “For the locals, by the locals”.