June 11-18, 2016

nepal1You are cordially invited to participate in the 2016 return mission to Kathmandu University Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal. This 225-bed community supported hospital is expanding services to 2.5 million Nepalese to include full cardiac services. The cardiology department is currently providing angiograms and interventional cardiology procedures in-house. They are now providing adult cardiac surgery on a weekly basis. CardioStart International returns for the 3rd time to continue building on this program development.


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Mission Goals

Include the continued education and support in developing an adult cardiac surgery and intervention program. Outreach clinics will focus on cardiac disease identification and prevention. Research will be extended to bring full circle work already started in the study of rheumatic heart disease.

Team Composition

1 CV Surgeons (Filled)
1 adult Anesthesiologist
1 Perfusionist
1 Research Assistant
2 ICU RN’s
1 Biomedical Engineer

Mission Logistics

Airfare: Airfare costs and VISA will be self-funded by each volunteer.  When instructed to do so you may book your own flight or consult cardiostart@raptimusa.com. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT BOOK FLIGHTS UNTIL YOU ARE CONFIRMED ON THE TEAM. You will receive a CONFIRMATION letter when all required documents have been submitted and approved.
Lodging: Will be provided. CardioStart seeks certain minimum standards (2-3 star) to ensure volunteer safety and comfort as well as keeping the team together.  Volunteers should expect same-sex room sharing in order to help reduce the costs.

Meals: During the day, meals will be freely provided at the hospital.   Evening meals/snacks, etc., will be at your own expense and are available at the hotel or other area establishments. Those working outreach may need to fund their meals when they are out on excursions.

nepal2Travel/touring:  For patient safety reasons, we do need the medical personnel to be in the hospital until the Friday of the second week. Upon completion of the mission, you may wish to take a few days vacation. You can visit some of the many natural wonders of Nepal, or book yourself additional nights before heading back. However, we cannot assist with the tourism arrangements.

How to Apply

If you wish to participate and become a team member, do apply immediately on our Volunteer Interest Form.

Janine Henson
Vice President