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Hot water for Amppipal Hospital

Amppipal, Nepal

This is a roof mounted system that produces hot water via solar energy. The plant has performed well over the past 10 years and was recently destroyed by a severe hailstorm.

M C from Nepalmed Stiftung
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Amppipal is a small village and is located in the middle mountainous region of Nepal in the southwestern part of Gorkha district, with several hundred thousand inhabitants living in the surrounding districts.

In the district of Gorkha and the surrounding areas, Amppipal is currently the only place with regular, surgical treatment facilities. The majority of patients come from the districts of Gorkha, Lamjung and Tanahun with walking distances or walking times usually ranging from half an hour to more than 12 hours. However, patients also come from up to three days' walk away.

This hospital's water heating system was recently destroyed by a strong hailstorm. Since the hospital is located at about 1100 meters above sea level, water is heated efficiently even in low to weak solar radiation. In addition, such a water heating system is cost-effective, so that more money can be used to care for poor patients. A hot water supply using diesel generators is harmful to the environment and costly to the hospital.  When building a new hot water system, a protective device should also be erected so that such hail damage does not occur again. 

We from Nepalmed Foundation have been active in Amppipal Hospital since 2003. In the past years, buildings such as the nurses' home and two new operating rooms have been constructed. The women's ward and the delivery room have been expanded or restored. The two access roads, as well as the construction of a waste disposal site and a waste incineration plant were planned and financed. In addition, the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment was financed. The treatment costs of poor patients in the hospital will be covered by the Nepalmed Charity Fund.

Through your donation, we would like to continue to provide an ecological and sustainable water heating system using solar thermal energy for the hospital.