Save the Children handed over the Provincial Public Health Laboratory (PPHL) to the province 1 government

Friday 20 January 2023

Save the Children handed over one of its kind Province Public Health Laboratory (PPHL) established in Biratnagar to the Province 1 government on 17 January. The Provincial Public Health Laboratory-Province 1 was handed over to Mr. Hikmat Kumar Karki, Hon. Chief Minister by Nicolas Cantau, Regional Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Heather Campbell, Country Director of Save the Children – Nepal and Bhutan Office.

The PPHL aspires to support provincial and local government to regulate all health laboratories operating in the province. Furthermore, as part of capacity strengthening action, the PPHL will also capacitate laboratory health workers, provide technical support to the laboratories, ensure the quality of local laboratories, and facilitate laboratory services at a minimal cost for the public.  

The laboratory constructed with a total budget of 10.5 Crores also includes plans of installing elevator, additional furniture, and laboratory equipment in the future. In collaboration with Ministry of Health and Population, National Public Health Laboratory and Provincial Public health Laboratory, Save the Children Global Fund provided technical and financial support to construct this PPHL as a referral laboratory in Province 1.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister of Province 1 Honorable Hikmat Kumar Karki said,

“Our goal is to make the Provincial Public Health Laboratory (PPHL) a go-to place for all kinds of diagnosis. The main aim is to focus on enhancing services and building capacity of the human resources to meet the set standards for the PPHL. We look forward to collaborating with Save the Children and Global Fund to ensuring equitable services and access to all.”

“The handover of the Provincial Public Health Laboratory (PPHL) to the province government reinforces Save the Children and Global Fund’s commitment to support the Nepal Government’s vision to decentralize health services and adhere to the aspiration of federalization in Nepal”, said Heather Campbell, Country Director – Nepal and Bhutan Office, Save the Children.

 About Global Fund in Nepal:

The Global Fund (GF) programs in Nepal supports the country in the response against the TB, HIV and Malaria diseases. Save the Children International in Nepal manages the Global Fund Programs in Nepal as the Principal Recipient (PR) in collaboration with the Government of Nepal (GoN), Key Populations (KPs), External Development Partners and Civil Society Organizations. Save the Children has been managing the GF grant since 2008 and has been managing as a sole PR for Nepal for all the 3 diseases (HIV, TB, and Malaria) since 2015. Currently, the GF grant's NFM-3 (16 Mar 2021-31 Jul 2024) funding cycle is being implemented in Nepal in close collaboration with the three government entities, NCASC, EDCD and NTCC.