During the second half of 1980s, a group of enthusiastic health professionals and development activists initiated discussions among themselves about the poor health status of Nepali people, its causes and possible solution. Series of discussion revealed that one of the reasons was the lack of relevant health information resulting in irrational health planning and decision-making. It was also realized that there is a need of a group action of committed health and development professionals to advocate on issues related to the health rights of the people. The group felt that the discussion should be brought in broader mass and therefore decided to institutionalize the process, which had already been addressed in small groups.
During the Panchayat system in Nepal, before 1990, it was extremely difficult to be registered as non-governmental organization. Therefore, RECPHEC registered itself as a non-profit making cottage industry under the company act in 1989. Political change in the country made possible for the RECPHEC to be established as non-governmental organization only in 1991.
Chronology of Events: Some Milestones
- Idea was conceived in 1987.
- Registered under company Act in 1988.
- Eight founding members contributed Rs. 500 each to initiate activities.
- Relationship with Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) established
- Information & documentation centres set up at the premises of OXFAM office
- Bhalakusari newsletter with widest circulation & coverage published in 1988.
- Working relationship with South-South Solidarity established since 1989.
- First workshop of its kind jointly organised with MOHP on “The Role of NGO in PHC” in December 1990, funded bySouth-South Solidarity
- Success of Mass movement, dawn of democracy in 1990.
- Support from Ford Foundation for three years partnership in 1991.
- Published “Status of Health in Nepal”, a comprehensive analytical document of health status of the people published in collaboration with SSS
- Research on Bhutanese Refugees and other health issues.
- Initiated AIDS awareness campaign when there is hardly any involved.
- First publication of AIDS newsletter-1992.
- First publication of Women’s Health newsletter in 1995.
- Only NGO promoting Rational Drug use.
- Long-term partnership established with EZE in the year 1996.
- Initiated community development program at VDC Level through Outreach Program activities in 1997.
- HIV/AIDS IEC Clearing House started from 1997 only one in Nepal.
- Initiated & organised programs to combat anti tobacco campaign since 2002.
- National Secretariat for Peoples Health Movement since 2001
RECPHEC Mission Statement
To assist the community initiatives towards ensuring equality, equity, accessibility and affordability in realising the goal of Health for All Nepali: Promoting the Rights of the People, and fostering meaningful partnership at all levels