Is it fair? What constitutes a socially accountable response to the health care crisis in Nepal?

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Place: Department of Family Practice Boardroom, 3rd Floor David Strangway Building
5950 University Blvd, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

Dr. Katrina Butterworth is a family physician at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has lived and practiced in Nepal for 17 years, and is currently among the leadership for the development of curricula in family practice, professionalism, and distributed training in rural Nepal. Her novel Red Dawn Rising is a graphic description of the experience of rural families during the recent civil war. She has published in the area of retention of general practitioners in rural Nepal. She is a key member of faculty in a new medical school, established in 2008 and focused on attracting, training, and deploying health care workers in service to rural and lower caste citizens of Nepal.

There are now 19 medical schools in Nepal, producing more than 1000 medical graduates per year. Recent studies have shown that many of these doctors try to leave Nepal immediately after graduation, the most popular destinations being the USA, Canada and Australia. Dr. Butterworth will talk about the root causes of these health human resource challenges, focusing specifically on the results of data gathered from Nepal – one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 157th in the UNDP Human Development Index.


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