American Leprosy Missions awarded USAID ASHA grant
American Leprosy Missions, based in Greenville, a global leader in the fight against leprosy, was recently awarded a four-year $500,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program for capital improvements at Anandaban Hospital in Nepal.
According to a news release, the funds will go toward a new, three-story building at the hospital which will house a trauma center with two modern operation theaters and surgical wards, the emergency ward, and the maternity block with delivery room and associated wards. These will replace buildings that were severely damaged during the 7.9-magnitude earthquake in 2015.
The construction will provide a spacious, earthquake-safe and disability-friendly environment. The new wards will also offer separate sections for men and women to allow for the privacy of all patients. The project will provide the hospital with the necessary infrastructure to offer high quality surgery, rehabilitation and maternity services, and will also build the capacity of health workers and researchers.
“We are proud to partner with USAID ASHA and Anandaban Hospital,” said Bill Simmons, American Leprosy Missions president and CEO, in the release. “This grant will provide critical facility upgrades and increase the resiliency of the health system in Nepal. It will also help ensure that people who suffer from or are at risk of the ongoing consequences of leprosy and related diseases have access to the quality health care they and their families deserve.”