The Spinal Center, as it has come to be known (also ”Spinal Kendra”), is formally the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Center (SIRC). The Center was inaugurated in April of 2002 by the late Sir Edmund Hillary, at Jorpati in Kathmandu city. It shifted to its current custom-built facility at Saanga village, Kavre District, in November 2008.
Over nearly a decade of work, the Spinal Center has developed a range of facilities to support the spinally injured of Nepal, who tend to come from the most marginalised bracket of society.
The Center offers rehabilitation services to patients so that they are able to rebuild their lives within the limits of their ability. The Center is run by the non-profit Spinal Injury Sangha Nepal, chaired presently by the social worker Meera Jyoti.
In recent times, the Center has had to significantly expand its services because of the widespread awareness of the services provided by the Center as well as a dramatic rise in road traffic and other accidents.