Hon. Upendra Yadav, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Population handing over Nick Simons Award 2023 to Sr. ANM Kanchan Mala Shrestha, Rautbesi Health Post, Nuwakot.

Each year, NSI in collaboration with National Health Training Center (NHTC) identify and select one rural healthcare worker for his or her excellent service to rural healthcare of Nepal.

The criteria for the Nick Simons award nominations are:

  • - Length of rural service (min. 5 years)

  • - Appreciation by community

  • - Increased institutional utilization

  • - Creative drive to establish new services


NSI and the government work from a long list of nominees, first conducting phone interviews with community officials, and later visiting the institutions where finalists are working. The award is given with the recognition that it is symbolic: many others labor in a similar, heroic manner all across Nepal. The award comes with a cash prize and a token of love.