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Making health care possible in the world’s most impossible place

By Pauline Verhaeghe, Community Engagement Associate at Ashoka UK and co-founder of the GoYoung Project

vMaking health care possible in the world’s most impossible place

Possible Health is a non-profit tackling the issue of health care in a very challenging environment. Based in a rural area of Nepal, Possible Health’s mission is to prove that it is possible to deliver high quality health care services at a very low cost.

Mark Arnoldy, 27, founder of Possible Health, is a serial social entrepreneur. This year he was nominated in Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs under 30. With Possible Health, Mark hopes to transform the public approach to health care in low-income communities.

“We want to work through a network of partners to build a health care model such that the poor around the world can really have high quality low-cost health care regardless of where they were born,” he said.

Possible Health has a model that is highly replicable and that has great potential for growth. By integrating various key players, such as local clinics and authorities, as well as community health workers, the social business is able to provide support to rural populations. Since 2008, 173,469 patients have been treated through the Possible Health system and the social venture is hoping to soon scale throughout Nepal.

Arnoldy is very keen in taking on social enterprise challenges. For him, challenges are essential for young social entrepreneurs to work on their model and confront their long-term vision: “Challenges are actually a great filter to push yourself and your organisation through.”

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