District: Humla

Population: 50,585

Doctors: 3

My passion for naturopathic medicine began in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.  An honors thesis paper sent me on a field study to see malnutrition firsthand in the impoverished district of Humla, where my eyes were opened to an entirely deeper dilemma: a desperate need for doctors... 

Villagers constantly approached me complaining of joint pains, stomach aches, headaches, pregnancy concerns, etc.  Having nothing but a nutrition degree left me feeling utterly helpless. 

"These people need a doctor"

...But with no wifi, cell phone service, internet, x-ray machines, or pharmacies, what does it look like to be a doctor in an untouched place like Humla?

Enter naturopathic medicine.


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Code for Nepal. (2011). NepalMap profile: Humla.