September 2016
16th World Congress of Anaesthesiology

The World Federation of Anaesthesiologists hosted its 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiology in Hong Kong in late August 2016. This is held only every 4 years and NSI were invited...

March 2016
New Executive Director

Dr. Anil Bahadur Shrestha joined Nick Simons Institute as the new Executive Director effective from 14 March 2016. ...

March 2016
7th Annual Rural Healthcare Workers Conference

The Nick Simons Institute organized a three-day conference to honor and address the issues faced by the rural healthcare workers in collaboration with the Department of Health Services (DoHS) and...

November 2015
WHO Bulletin published NSI's article

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) published an article on NSI's Rural Staff Support Program. (pdf)

About Us

The Nick Simons Institute is a Nepal-based organization whose mission is to innovate solutions in rural health care –through training and hospital support– and to advocate for their scale up with the government of Nepal. The country's mountainous terrain and poverty pose immense barriers to the provision of medical care for people living in remote communities. More than half of Nepal's rural districts don't have basic emergency services, including operations.


NSI works according to several principles:

  • Collaborate closely with the Nepal government – the main rural health care provider.
  • Select strategic training cadres – which involves 'task-shifting' from traditional medical roles.
  • Extend beyond training – to include workplace support and advocacy.
  • Innovate – based on a growing body of research in the Nepal context.

NSI was established in 2006 in the memory of Nick Simons, a young man from America who worked in Nepal, grew to love the country, and died in 2003. The organization is governed by a Board of distinguished Nepalese professionals.

NSI's values are:
-  Share and care
Integrity, and
-  Respect for the Individual