United Mission to Nepal Hospital Endowment Fund
Yes, you are right; this charity could do with a snappier name! To decode it all…
UMN is an international, interdenominational Christian mission that has worked in Nepal since 1954. (We Dickinsons served from 1969 to 1986 and from 2000 to 2005 with many visits since.)
The Hospitals Endowment Trust was set up and is still run by former colleagues in UK. It exists to raise money for patients who cannot afford their treatment in four hospitals founded by UMN. It also sometimes helps to buy essential hospital equipment. The hospitals are as follows:
Tansen Hospital. This began as a small health clinic in the middle of the country and grew to be a major hospital with 169 beds, a large outpatient department and teaching programmes for doctors, nurses and other health professionals. It is especially renowned for surgery and has strong links with community health projects.
Okhaldhunga Hospital lies on a hillside in East Nepal. It started in 1962, also as a small rural health clinic, but is now a busy hospital, recently extended by a building programme.
Amp Pipal Hospital was founded by UMN in 1957, but was handed over to a local board with German support in 2001.
Patan Hospital opened in 1982 to replace the Shanta Bhawan Mission Hospital. (I was its first Medical Director.) It gradually became independent of UMN, though some UMN partners continue to work there. It has grown enormously from about 130 beds to 450 and has added many specialist services. It is now part of the Patan Hospital Academy of Medical Sciences and has a large Medical School.
Finally, more about UMNHET at http://www.umnhet.org.uk/