About Us

About Us

The founders of Nepal Health Scholarships are Dr Louise McDonnell, GP in Blue Mountains NSW, her partner Alex Strachan, Prof Tim Usherwood, Professor of General Practice, Sydney Medical School and Prof Jenny Reath, Professor of General Practice, University of Western Sydney.

The idea followed a trip to Nepal by Dr Louise McDonnell and her family in 2008. They trekked in the beautiful Langtang valley, in the North of Nepal to a remote village called Kanjun Gompa. Here they stayed with Sabin and Amita and their family who told stories of the many medical difficulties in the area. Patients would be carried by stretcher for 2 days to reach rudimentary medical help. The locals did what they could for fractures and minor injuries, though none were medically trained. This was in contrast to the helicopters used to transport American tourists into the village for day trips.

Amongst the discussions was the request for Louise and her family to fund Sabin and Amita's daughter to attend medical school. She wished to return to her community to work as a doctor.  On return to Australia, through contact with her friends Tim Usherwood and Jenny Reath who had just returned from Nepal , Louise discovered the new medical school, Patan Academy of Health Sciences which aims to recruit students from rural and remote areas to train as medical practitioners in their communities. So formed the Nepal Health Scholarships. With your help we can make a difference to the families like Sabin and Amita by providing doctors in remote parts of Nepal.