The Patan Academy of Health Sciences is an autonomous, not-for-profit public institution of higher education which, when in full operation, will be self-sustaining.
By providing for the needs of Nepal’s rural poor, PAHS will address a root cause of the conflict that devastated Nepal for the last decade. Reducing the divide between the urban and rural populations will provide a basis for lasting peace in Nepal.
Currently, most medical schools in Nepal are for-profit, and medical education is very traditional. Medical schools do not adequately emphasize the health care challenges of Nepal, nor provide students with a feeling of social responsibility to improve health care for disadvantaged populations. In contrast, PAHS will employ highly innovative strategies in several areas to encourage its graduates to work to improve the health status of the rural poor.