Friends of Nepal Ambulance Service
Friends of NAS is a UK based charity established to provide financial and training support for the Nepal Ambulance Service—the only skilled and clinically trained emergency medical service operating in Nepal. The Nepal Ambulance Service receives little government support and is financed primarily by the community it serves and a few international friends.
Welcome to the New Friends of NAS Website
Friends of Nepal Ambulance is pleased to announce a completely revised website to keep our friends and members informed about the various ways your generous contributions are helping support Nepal Ambulance Service.
Please have a look around and free free to tell us what you think.
Nepal Ambulance Service
NAS has compiled an impressive record of emergency medical assistance to the 2.5 million residents of Kathmandu since its launch in 2011—notably its critically important contributions during the 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks; work that was highly praised by Stanford Emergency Medical International (SEMI) (See article) and acknowledged and rewarded by the International Medical Corps (See IMC site) and the US Embassy in Kathmandu. (See Facebook post).
Why Nepal Ambulance Service Needs Help
In the face of a desperate need for EMS services across the country, NAS receives limited and irregular financial support from the Government of Nepal. Indeed, Nepal is one of the very few countries in the world where the government does not sponsor pre-hospital emergency medicine of any kind.
As a result, NAS is obliged to charge a fee of 25 Nepali Rupees (approximately 20 pence) per kilometre for ambulance call-outs.
However it is important to note that NAS’ services are available to everyone: NAS will not refuse a patient if they are unable to pay.
Without external help, NAS would be unable to meet the EMS expectations of its target populations and forced to close down operations. Simply put, NAS needs friends.
Friends of Nepal Ambulance Service (Friends of NAS) is a UK charity dedicated to helping NAS continue its day-to-day operations and to assist in improving and expanding professional pre-hospital emergency medicine in Nepal.
In so doing, Friends of NAS seeks to relieve pain and suffering of critically unwell patients in Nepal, and reduce the country’s morbidity and mortality rate.
WHAT WE DO
Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS) is the only skilled and clinically trained emergency medical service (EMS) operating in Nepal.
Your support is crucial to Friends of NAS UK’s efforts to assist ‘Nepal Ambulance Service.
We thank you for your support.