CIWEC Hospital and Travel Medicine Center
CIWEC Hospital and Travel Medicine Center is one of the most reputable destination travel medicine hospitals in the world. It was established as a clinic in 1982 to meet the need for a western standard clinic to treat foreign diplomats and aid workers in Nepal. During its 30 plus years of journey, it has expanded its services from a small clinic set up in 1982, to a full service clinic cum hospital providing both outpatient and inpatient care. Originally set up as part of a Canadian project, the clinic was registered officially in 1996 as a Nepali business called Menlha Nursing Home and Medical Center. The clinic is also the first joint venture company in the health sector in Nepal. As of 2013, after much expansion in the range of services offered, the clinic is now known officially as CIWEC Hospital Pvt. Ltd. In September 2014, CIWEC opened a fully-functional hospital in Pokhara as well. CIWEC is widely known around the world as ”CIWEC Clinic” and ”CIWEC Clinic Travel Medicine Center” both of which are registered trademarks of CIWEC Hospital Pvt. Ltd. The clinic is known internationally both for the high level of care afforded to patients, and for its reliable research and information about health risks in Nepal. It was the first clinic situated in a developing country that was selected by the International society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) to participate in its global surveillance program called the GeoSentinel for emerging diseases among travelers. The clinic’s focus on health problems in travelers and expatriates in Nepal led to the discovery of a new cause of diarrhea, the publication of over 35 original research papers, and the receipt of two international awards for research in travel and wilderness medicine. The clinic is located in a modern custom built, well equipped facility across from the British Embassy in Lainchaur in the heart of Kathmandu. It caters to nationalities from all over the world and has staff from diverse background, nationalities and languages. The goal is to provide compassionate medical care of international standards in the most efficient manner.