KIOCH / by Daniel Maissan

A new assignment, again in Nepal. One of my favourite countries. Even the series that made it through to the finals of the SIPA has been made in this country. This trip I stayed in Kathmandu though.

The past week I have been working on creating a story for KIOCH: The Kathmandu Institute of Child Health. This initiative is the vision - the dream - of one of the most famous heart surgeons in the country; Prof Dr Bhagawan Koirala. Together with Executive director of the Karuna Foundation and general connector of beautiful initiatives; Deepak Raj Sapkota, he envisioned a new innovative way of paediatric health care.  By now they have formed a board with people who believe in their vision, got support from several places in the world, are helped by many volunteers and are working hard to make this dream a reality. A private paediatric hospital, where no child will be refused and where care and technology will set new bars to health care all over Nepal.

As it is still a dream and now reality, it was a challenge to create a story that would capture that vision and of course I'm still working hard to finish it, in order to make it an actual story. I visited many hospitals in Kathmandu, met with the minister of health and I even witnessed an open heart surgery. This blog was ment to keep you up to date and to give you a little teaser of what is to come. 

If you'd like more regular updates while I'm on these kind of assignments, make sure you follow me on instagram as I use their story option quite a lot while I'm away.