Global Partners for Child Health is a 501(c)3 organization whose goal is to improve the access to and quality of care for women and newborns in limited-resource settings. Here is our story:
In 1993, Bernhard Fassl traveled to Nepal as a tourist. Even though he returned to Austria after this trip, he could not get Nepal out of his head, and after completing his medical training in 1996, he returned to Nepal to work at Scheer Memorial Hospital in the Kathmandu valley. During this time, he developed a deeper understanding of the medical system, history, traditions and culture of Nepal, and his passion for helping the people of Nepal continued. His next trip to Nepal was in 2001 when he worked at the Himalayan Rescue Association health post in Pheriche in the Everest region where he provided care to porters, Sherpa guides and tourists suffering from injuries and illnesses sustained in their daily life as well as consequences of exposure to high altitude. This experience greatly shaped his understanding of healthcare delivery in remote areas of Nepal, and he felt that his connection to the Nepali people was strengthened even more.
Bernhard moved to the United States to further his pediatrics training. After completion in 2004, he joined the faculty at the University of Utah-Department of Pediatrics but still continued his involvement with Nepal. He worked as a technical consultant for a US based non-governmental organization (One HEART World-wide) in Tibet from 2002-2008 and became its Nepal country director until 2012. This organization’s aim was to improve the care for women and children in remote regions of Nepal (Baglung District and Dolpa District). Through his dual role as academic professional and country program director, he recruited and mentored numerous medical students and pediatric residents in health-related activities in Nepal.
Many of these residents were deeply touched by their experiences in Nepal; in turn, their energy and passion have been an inspiration and source of energy for Bernhard to continue his involvement in Nepal. Not surprisingly, three of his mentees approached him in with the idea to establish a not-for-profit organization with the goal of expanding their health activities to areas of Nepal they had not been before. In 2016, they established Global Partners for Child Health.