Fondation Pierre Fabre

Integrated services to grass root level of remote villages in different geographical regions of Nepal through Telehealth

Main beneficiary country:

About the sponsor

Community Health Educational Services by Telehealth (C.H.E.S.T.) / DI Skin Health And Referral Center (DISHARC)

DI Skin Hospital And Research Center (DISHARC) is the first skin hospital of Nepal

Community Health Education and Services by Telehealth (C.H.E.S.T.) Nepal is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide health, education and vocational training services to distant rural communities through live tele-conferencing and store and forward method, aimed at overall community development.


Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: Nepal

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Primary healthcare
  • Infectious diseases
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Chronic diseases
  • Dermatology

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 06/09/2009


Financing method

  • Intergovernmental or international agency

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

About the initiative

The initiative addresses the problems of health, education and skill development training in rural communities at the grass root level by providing medical consultation to patients, educational  tuition classes to students, experts interaction and skill development training on various fields like information technology,  as per their needs, through the means of tele-equipment with the ownership of the communities themselves.

There are health clinics & schools in the remote area but lacks specialist doctors  & qualified teachers, skill development training by experts are very rare, although it is significant for rural development. However our initiative can enhance the quality of health & education and provide the community with different skill development training by experts for the development of the rural areas

DISHARC in cooperation with CHEST is providing dermatology services out of the valley. We have set up telehealth clinic  where patients can get consultation with our dermatologists. Prescribed medications are then distributed by a health worker accordingly.

Field report of the initiative

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Sick people
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)
  • Young children (0-5 years)
  • Patient family/entourage

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

1000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

7 Number of users per Week

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization


Strategic Partnership for Nepal (STRAPAL)

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

DI Skin Health And Referral Center (DISHARC)

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures