Mrs. Naina Kala Thapa is currently involved as a member of the women’s expert group at the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior citizens. She has previously served as the Chairman of National Women Commission for the Government of Nepal. Mrs. Thapa has over 40 years of distinguished leadership experience and has been the recipient of numerous recognitions for her contribution on women's empowerment and grassroot movement in Nepal. With a key emphasis on women rights and empowerment, she has worked closely with governments, development partners, civil society organizations, and grassroot communities. She has played a critical role in advising the national level policy-making and planning to strengthen women rights in Nepal. Mrs. Thapa envisions to integrate right-based approaches on creating a healthy nation where quality health service is within reach for all Nepalese. She believes in promoting health equity to ensure that every community has information and access to basic healthcare needs.
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Jenny Pun Thapa is the founder and executive director of the Healthy Nation Foundation. She has worked as a Consultant dermatologist at Manipal Teaching Hospital and as a Lecturer at Manipal College of Medical Sciences, from where she completed her MD and MBBS. She has been passionately involved in community service in rural Nepal right from the time she was a medical student and continues to reach communities in need. Having worked closely with a diverse group of people, she has established long-term relationships that have inspired her to form a network of like minded individuals who seek to create a lasting impact in the communities by enhancing their access to healthcare information and service. She has made significant contributions in capacity building of medical students and has led successful health campaigns such as Nepal’s first Vitiligo Awareness Campaign since 2018. Through HNF, she is committed to develop sustainable strategies and effective interventions together with a team of health professionals and community leaders for improved access to healthcare in underserved communities in Nepal.
Dr. Rashmey Pun Gurung, MD is an esteemed board member at Healthy Nation Foundation. She is a long-time clinical oncologist and palliative care specialist with a wealth of experience in cancer treatment. Dr Gurung is a founding member of Cancer Care Nepal, a non-profit organization working in cancer awareness, and also a life member of the SAARC Federation of Oncologists. She also sits on the boards of a number of other organizations working in clinical oncology and palliative care. Through her community involvement, she has made significant contributions toward highlighting some of the more urgent issues surrounding cancer prevention and cancer care.
Dr. Ajay Kumar is an associate professor and a medical doctor with over 20 years of experience in the field of dermatology. As an associate professor at Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Pokhara, he has led the strategic planning of research projects and service health camps as a preceptor. He has worked closely with healthcare professionals, medical students, including private and public partners on building the capacity of healthcare workers in improving the health of the remote and vulnerable communities in Nepal. He started his journey in academia as a clinical teacher in China. His research interests are focused on dermatology and venereal diseases in Western Nepal. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on skin health.
Dr. Chandra Prasad Acharya is Assistant Professor at the Manipal Institute of Health Sciences, Pokhara. He is an experienced pulmonologist who also dedicates his time and expertise for various community outreach programs. His invaluable service during the time of COVID has helped save the lives of hundreds of patients affected by the pandemic.
Dr. Bajwa is a close friend of Healthy Nation, and also a global ambassador for the organization. He spent many remarkable years of his formal medical training in Nepal, during which time he was able to form lasting friendships and a deep connection with the Nepali community.
His passion for the medical profession comes from his passion for working with people. He likes to mobilize communities to make change. He is working on tackling the Coronavirus in Canada, has promoted nationwide health initiatives in Bahrain under national media coverage, and has spearheaded mental health campaigns in Nepal in collaboration with hundreds of doctors receiving widespread regional press coverage.He has sat on various committees and academic boards, worked on high level government initiatives, and has worked with startups in Asia, Europe, and North America including advising on digital technology for the NHS. He loves design and wants to see better UI/UX in healthcare technologies.
Dr. Kamal has received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Kathmandu University and training in NeuroPsychiatry from the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. He is a clinician, researcher, technical expert and a manager. His research areas of interest include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, use of digital technologies in Psychiatry (e-health), Community Psychiatry and biological research. He has worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and it’s divisions in formulation and implementation of mental health related strategies and policies, development of training curricula for service providers, implementation of community based mental health programmes and quality assurance.
Dr. Suman Phuyal is a Neurosurgeon with a doctoral degree from the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) in Nepal. He believes that developing connections with patients is important to help them feel comfortable during their treatment. He has a sound knowledge and expertise to correctly diagnose underlying issues and develop treatment plans.
Healthy Nation Foundation is a group of doctors with a vision to advocate for nationwide access to basic healthcare and existing treatments to improve quality of life for all Nepalese. Led by a team of specialized clinical doctors in the fields of skin health, cancer, mental health and substance abuse, we aim to improve the overall health of the Nepalese population.
Through our in-depth medical knowledge and clinical expertise, we work to provide access to health services to everyone in Nepal and help improve the livelihoods across Nepal.We seek to improve the quality and the reach of health care service all through Nepal through our research, advocacy, awareness camps, health camps, and mobile treatment centres.
Shankar Chowk, Gokarneswor, Kathmandu
Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Skin Health & Venereal Diseases
Respiratory Diseases and Tuberculosis
Trauma and Rehabilitation