Milestone of Development
The Year 1993:
On the 22nd of October 1993, The Siddhi Memorial Health Service Center was established at Barahisthan, Bhaktapur. The clinic provided free primary health care – such as antenatal check up, family planning, immunization, treatment of minor injuries, as well as general check-ups for women and children. These services were provided 7days a week by a medical officer, senior registered nurse and paramedics etc. Every Saturday a pediatrician was also available. To operate the clinic, hospital supplies were donated by The German Embassy and logistic and recurrent expenditures were born by the founders. After the establishment of Siddhi Memorial Hospital in 1997, the clinic continued to provide Saturday services. Additionally, the founders granted scholarships for girls working at the clinic who wished to study paramedics.
The Year 1997:
The success of the clinic inspired the establishment of a hospital for women and children, which came into existence at Bhimsensthan, Bhaktapur-7. With help from both national and international supporters, the Siddhi Memorial Hospital was established on land donated by the founders.
The Year 1998:
Through initial support received from the Institute of Medicine Kathmandu and from the University of Bergen Norway, a joint project called Acute Diarrhea Research Project (ADRP) began at Siddhi Memorial Hospital. Some of the essential medicines were distributed at no cost during the project period. This initiative proved to be a turning point for the community’s recognition of the importance of timely medical intervention, rather than seeking the services of community healers until they became very sick. Patient flow at the hospital increased day by day, as it became known for providing effective treatment.
The Year 2000:
Funding received from the Australian Embassy, along with the support from ADRP, enabled the setting up of a children’s ward, which proved to be a great benefit to the people of Bhaktapur. Rather than the time, stress and money required visiting children in hospitals in Kathmandu, this was a big step forward, with SMH’s reputation for providing good health care spreading throughout Bhaktapur and beyond.
The Year 2001:
Health awareness and advocacy was on the rise. With funding received from the Canadian Cooperation Office (CCO) Kathmandu, an additional floor on the children’s ward was constructed to meet increasing community demand for children’s health care services.
The Year 2002:
Partnering with the Center for Harm Reduction under the Aus AID funding, SMF undertook a comprehensive program aimed at injecting drug users. The program focused on issues around syringes and consequences of drug use. The training brought about a heightened awareness of the issues around drug use and many drug users abandoned their previous habits.
The Year 2003:
With the sphere widening for care over the human life cycle, sports and art culture were increasingly seen as important components of general health and education for people of all ages.
Under the SM Foundation a twenty five bed hospital was licensed by the Department of Health, and the planning to set-up a home for senior citizens was well underway.
The Year 2004
Nepalhilfe Kulmbach, Germany, provided funding for the addition of x-ray services, as well as for additional equipment in the clinical laboratory.
The Year 2005:
With support received from Nepalhilfe Beilnries, Germany, our aim to serve senior citizens was fulfilled with the establishment of the Siddhi Shaligram Senior Citizens’ Home. It required nearly 2 years to complete the 2 floor building with a total area of approximately 1400 square meters. In addition to twenty rooms for residents, the building includes a communal hall, a conference hall, reception/office area, reading room, a nursing station for medical check-ups and records, kitchen and dining hall, physiotherapy room etc.
The Year 2009:
With support from the Australian Embassy, SMF set-up its own electric transformer and high capacity diesel generator.
The Year 2010
A license is granted by the Department of Health for our hospital to expand to fifty beds. A well equipped Operation Theater was ordered for the middle floor of the outpatient building, made possible with funding provided by Nepalhilfe Beilngries, Germany.
The Year 2011:
With support from the Noble House Foundation of the Netherlands, a separate emergency block was constructed. With funding received from the Japanese Embassy, an incinerator, laundry plant, water treatment plant and various items of hospital equipment were added to our facilities.
The Year 2012:
With funding received from the Australian and German Embassies, a Neonate Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was established. With funding received from the Noble House Foundation, a maternity home for the delivery of babies was set-up.
The Year 2013:
With funding received from the Turkish Cooperation Agency (TIKA), and from Nepalhilfe Beilngries, Germany, a pediatric intensive care unit was established to meet the tertiary level of service for children.
The Year 2015:
With additional funding support from Nepalhilfe Beilngries, Germany, our Siddhi Shaligram Senior Citizens’ Home was expanded with 2 more floors, adding additional capacity for a total of sixty residents. This expansion also created a conference hall and fifteen rooms for on-site training, as well as others for the accommodation of volunteers, for the conduct of research projects, and for office use.