April 23 2021 SOS Children’s Villages Nepal Partnership with Bansgadhi Municipality SOS Children’s Villages Nepal signed an agreement with the Bansgadhi Municipality on 9th April 2021 to continue the health services to the community people living in Bansgadhi Municipality and its surrounding communities. This will be effective from 16th July 2021. Mr. Gopal Prasad Ghimire, Program Director- Family Strengthening, Kinship Care and Emergency Preparedness of SOS Children’s Villages Nepal and Mr. Topendra KC, Chief Administrative Officer of Bansgadhi Municipality signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU was handed over to the honourable State Minister Mr. Nabaraj Raut from the Ministry of Health & Population, Government of Nepal by Mr. Ishwori Prasad Sharma, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Nepal and Mr. Shalik Ram Adhikari, Mayor of Bansgadhi Municipality. As per the agreement made, the Bansgadhi Municipality will support to continue the health facilities in the form of five bedded Municipal Hospital, which will be located in the premise of the Medical Center. The hospital will be operated by Bansgadhi Municipality with the budget provision from the Ministry of Health and Population. In this process, the Bansgadhi Municipality will take the responsibility for continuity of existing Medical Center staff (technical); and budget provision for operation of hospital. For effective operation of Municipal Hospital, the Bansgadhi Municipality will establish a Municipal Hospital Development Committee and two representative(s) from SOS Children’s Villages Nepal will be the member of the committee. SOS Medical Centre Bardiya was established in 2000 exclusively to provide basic and primary health care services to the under-privileged Tharu community. Addressing the community needs through the services of Municipal Hospital, SOS Children’s Villages Nepal aims to fulfil its objective of protecting children from losing parental care by addressing various health issues of the target community. Current medical support to children, pre-natal and post-natal services will continue and further curative interventions will be added (e.g. x-ray and advanced lab facilities). Ultimately, this will contribute for healthier life of children, women and families from the target group.