The 2-day network meeting between German-Nepalese hospital partnership projects and other relevant stakeholders was an excellent opportunity to learn about each other. We learned about the progress and achievements each project had over time. A stimulated learning session to generate ideas for cross-synergies between different projects piqued the interest of all partnership projects. Ultimately, we designed a plan and generated a vision for future goals. 

On the 1st day, GIZ welcomed all participants to the first network meeting of the Nepalese clinical partnerships. After a short round of introductions, a poster session on the different projects was held. This was an excellent opportunity to learn about the other projects and ask questions. Afterward, the members of the individual projects worked together and discussed successes as well as past and future obstacles of their projects. To take advantage of the opportunity for exchange, each participant in the workshop interviewed a participant from another project. The results were shared in a group discussion, and the successful day ended with a joint dinner.

On the 2nd day, we had an excursion to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Nepal’s largest tertiary care center. Dr. Bikram Prasad Gajurel took us on a tour of the hospital’s emergency department and stroke ward, where he explained the triage, emergency management, neuroimaging facilities, and overall stroke care, highlighting the challenges and opportunities of stroke care. Mr. Mahesh Nakarmi, founder Chairman and Executive Director at Health Environment Climate Action Foundation (HECAF360), gave a guided tour on the healthcare waste management of the hospital along with the history, early struggles, current overall scenario, and future planning. Following this, we had a brainstorming session on the enablers and barriers to the success of partnerships, followed by group activity for possible synergies.

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