We recently chatted with Brian Jones, the former Director of Development of Nyaya Health, which recently changed its name to Possible. He talked to us about Possible Health’s innovative private solution to leverage public ownership of Nepal’s health problem. Though their crowd funding model, Possible Health is able to provide free health access and services in Nepal with a focus on maternal health care. Possible Health’s mission is to provide a comprehensive healthcare system in Nepal. As the only health provider in the country, the founders wanted to build a model that is replicable to other regions. Brian explains, “A big part of our philosophy and model is a systemic change in public infrastructure to work better with governments” to achieve nationwide scale. Currently, the organization’s largest investor is the Nepalese government.
There are four tiers to Possible Health’s model:
- Hospital care
- Community health through female community health workers
- Health post strengthening, and
At the center of their model is the hospital, which the Nepalese government gave to the organization to manage and renovate. The organization also built upon an existing government health program for the community that works primarily with female community health workers. In addition, Brian tells us that the organization is “transforming these empty government health posts to birthing centers, underwritten by the crowd funding.” Through this, they are able to create a sustainable capital flow for the continued growth of these services. Brian explains that “by pooling their resources together, the government, organization and society are participating at the cost” of providing free, nationwide healthcare.
The crowd funding aspect is vital to their operations because they are able to tell the patients’ stories through the website and appeal to a wide range of donors worldwide. Since the organization’s first crowd funding project three years ago, they have crowd funded surgical care for 171 patients. In total, the organization has treated 167,506 patients since its 2008 founding. On a global scale, their model has helped create an ecosystem of likeminded health organizations that use crowd funding around the world through their Crowdfund Health campaign.