• Imagine

    Imagine

    People in rural Nepal receiving quality health service within their own communities.

  • Focus

    Focus

    On the healthcare worker, who is central to effective healthcare. There is no substitute.

  • Innovate

    Innovate

    Fresh, creative solutions to tackle the resistant problems of rural healthcare.

  • Partner

    Partner

    With like-spirited institutions to produce quality healthcare training and support workers in the field.

  • Scale up

    Scale up

    Through collaboration with the Nepal Government – to broaden the impact.

Nick Simons Institute

The Nick Simons Institute is a Nepal-based organization whose mission is to innovate solutions in rural healthcare –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 the following principles:

  • Collaborate closely with the Nepal government – the main rural healthcare 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 the Executive Committee of distinguished Nepalese professionals.

NSI's values are:

  • Share and care
  • Excellence
  • Integrity, and
  • Respect for the Individual

Programs

To innovate solutions in rural healthcare – through training and hospital support – and to advocate for their scale up with the government of Nepal.

Training

Two principles guide NSI’s training section: (1) Select those cadres most likely to have impact in the government's rur...

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District Hospital Support Program (DHS)

In 2014, the two programs of NSI, Rural Staff Support Program (RSSP) and Hospital Management Strengthening Program (HMSP) mer...

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Advocacy

The Nick Simons Institute works to change perceptions and policies that affect the rural healthcare worker. Advocacy and NSI'...

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Latest News

What all the buzz is about?

Annual MDGP Meeting

NSI held a two-day annual MDGP meeting at NSI office on 27-28 November 2017 with an objective to review the results and challenges of district hospita...

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Workshop on DHIS-2

NSI hosted a one-day workshop with HMIS Section, Management Division to discuss hospital reports and dashboards in dhis-2.  Since last year, all ...

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Stories

Stories inform and inspire – they can change perceptions and policies.