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Health-Focused UK NGOs

A number of British NGOs have made a large contribution to the development of Nepal’s health sector beginning in the 1950s and 1960s (see here). These and newer organisations continue their work in Nepal delivering health services and providing other support.

Note that the International Nepal Fellowship, although originally a British health INGO and the very first INGO in Nepal, is now a Nepalese NGO with European connections.

http://www.inf.org/inf-nepal


The Britain Nepal Medical TrustThe Britain Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) was established by a team of British health professionals who travelled overland to Nepal more than 45 years ago to make a difference and to provide much needed healthcare services to rural areas of Nepal. Today, all BNMT’s work in Nepal is managed by a Nepalese team.

Since its inception in 1967, BNMT has contributed to formulating policies, developing implementation modalities for tuberculosis control, community drug scheme, safe motherhood, and fostering the health and livelihoods of disadvantaged people.

BNMT Nepal envisions a Nepal where all Nepalese are aware of their basic rights and are able to live healthy and productive lives in a safe environment without having to worry about food, income or security regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion, disability or HIV status.

Marie Stopes International Nepal (MSIN)Marie Stopes International Nepal (MSIN) is a representative office of Marie Stopes International (MSI). It has been implementing programmes and activities for increasing awareness, access and use of family planning and safe abortion services in partnership with Sunaulo Parivar Nepal (SPN), since 1994. MSIN and its local partners now runs 36 clinics located in 31 districts of Nepal. All these centres provide comprehensive reproductive health services including the full range of family planning services, safe abortions, ante-natal and post-natal checkups and the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

MSIN also runs mobile outreach services in outlying parts of the country. These clinics offer long acting family planning methods and voluntary surgical contraception. Through its static and mobile outreach services, MSIN have performed over 400,000 sterilizations between 1994 and 2008.

NLT is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit making and humanitarian organisation, its implementing agency (NLT/N) operative in Lalgadh and Kathmandu, and its donor agency (NLT/UK) based in Richmond, UK. It was founded in 1972 with the purpose of improving the lifestyle of people affected by leprosy, other disabilities and marginalised people. It provides medical, social and economic support for prevention, cure and elimination of leprosy and its associated disabilities and stigma, and offers selective general health care services to the local communities.

www.nepalleprosytrust.org/www.nlt.org.uk

United Mission to NepalUnited Mission to Nepal (UMN) strives to address root causes of poverty as it serves the people of Nepal in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ. Established in 1954, UMN is a cooperative effort between the people of Nepal and a large number of Christian organisations from nearly 20 countries on 4 continents. Multicultural teams of Nepali nationals and volunteer expatriate staff work alongside local organisations in less developed areas of the country, building partnerships that lead to healthy, strong and empowered individuals, families, and communities.

The Britain Nepal Otology ServiceBRINOS was founded in 1988 by Neil Weir, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK.

It came about largely as a result of a meeting with the late Dr.L.N.Prasad, who at that time was Senior ENT Surgeon to the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu and Royal Ear Surgeon to the King and Queen of Nepal.

Dr.Prasad, at one time the only ENT and Eye surgeon in the country, was keenly aware of the urgent need to tackle the prevalence of ear disease in Nepal, as a survey of disability conducted in 1981 (the year of the disabled) found deafness to be the largest single disability. Dr.Prasad was urged by His Majesty's Government to plan future provision of ear care throughout the country.

His aim was to reach out to those people living far away from Kathmandu. As there was only a single modern ear surgeon and no funds for equipment it was difficult for him to realise his goal.
The twice yearly ear surgery camps were established as a direct response to Dr.Prasad’s vision.

The Nepal TrustNLT is a non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit making and humanitarian organisation, its implementing agency (NLT/N) operative in Lalgadh and Kathmandu, and its donor agency (NLT/UK) based in Richmond, UK. It was founded in 1972 with the purpose of improving the lifestyle of people affected by leprosy, other disabilities and marginalised people. It provides medical, social and economic support for prevention, cure and elimination of leprosy and its associated disabilities and stigma, and offers selective general health care services to the local communities.

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