The Pennsylvania United Medical Association (PUMA) is a nonprofit organization that exists to meet the medical needs and improve basic living conditions of the poorest of the poor around the world. Our vision is to share hope with these communities and to see them rise above their level of poverty through our efforts in coordination with their own.
The Pennsylvania United Medical Association started its initial work in the country of Nepal in 1997. Our work consisted of mainly mobile medical outreaches to remote areas in central Nepal. In 2001, Pennsylvania United Medical opened our first, fulltime medical clinic in kalamati, Lamjung Nepal. We knew then that Health Care was one of the greatest needs in all of Nepal.
Currently Pennsylvania United Medical Association, operates four fulltime, primary Healthcare Medical clinics in central Nepal. We treat approximately 20,000 patients a year, many of which would otherwise have no Health Care options available. Along with primary Health Care, P.U.M.A. works in many locations providing urgent needs to communities through startup micro development programs, clean water projects, assistance to schools struggling to provide basic needs for their students and various village development projects.
P.U.M.A. is currently in its five year agreement with the government of Nepal working closely with the Social Welfare Council Ministry of Nepal. We continue to grow and have a greater impact, serving the most poor and impoverished in the country.