Tarkang Community Health Centre
The Community Health Centre, Tarkang was funded by PTN trustee Dick Crowther and friends in memory of his wife Gillian, who was a trustee for many years and Tom Langridge MBE, the ex-Chairman and founder of the PTN.
Villagers in the village of Tarkang previously needed to walk for 4 hours to reach the nearest health centre located in Pokhara. This meant that taking care of pregnant women, elderly people and those unable to travel was a major challenge, particularly during the monsoon. The local community approached PTN to request support and an 11-room, single storey building was designed to provide consultation and treatment rooms, a maternity room, toilets, a pharmacy and a kitchen diner. The health centre has two full time nurses provided by the government of Nepal.
The project was completed in November 2016 and receives around10-15 patients a day and 1-2 deliveries per month. In addition, doctors fromPokhara regularly visit the Health Centre to provide additional clinics. Due tothe success of the health centre the community has recently secured addition funding to construct a second storey to provide additional in-patient accommodation and a minor surgery room.