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The Everest Marathon is a charity race and one of the main reasons for organising the race is to raise money for various Nepalese charities.

To this purpose the Everest Marathon Fund was registered as a UK charity (number 1005422) to promote health and education in rural Nepal.

The Everest Marathon is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world.   The start line is at Gorak Shep 5184m (17,000 feet), close to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The finish is at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at 3446m (11,300 feet) and the course is a measured 42 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails.   It is the world''s most spectacular race and has been held fifteen times every two years since 1987. The race is a non-profit-making venture organised by Bufo Ventures Ltd with all profits put into the Everest Marathon Fund.

Mountain Medicine Society of Nepal (MMSN) is a society of medical doctors, students and allied health professionals interested and involved in mountain medicine, high altitude physiology and related maladies. We are a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization working to understand and explore the science behind altitude related illnesses and utilizing this knowledge in making our mountains safer. Our regular activities include: journal clubs to discuss research papers in the field; national and international seminars and workshops, health camps for pilgrims; research on altitude related illnesses; publication of newsletters and books; and programs to create awareness among trekkers, pilgrims and porters going to high altitude. We also provide doctors experienced in high altitude medicine to accompany trekkers, Climbers and pilgrims, or to be temporarily stationed in the remote areas of the Nepalese Himalayas during peak seasons.

Supporting DiMM:

WORKING HANDS is a UK Registered Charity that raises funds for a surgical programme, currently based at a leprosy hospital in Nepal, supporting a team of Hand Surgeons who travel there to operate and to teach the local surgeons. Working Hands is independent, not linked to any major organization, and all donated funds find their way directly to the front line of treatment, purchasing equipment and consumables for each trip.

The Surgeons give their time for free. On each visit, some 60 patients undergo surgery to restore function to their hands, enabling them to work, earn a living, support dependants and regain their self dignity. The project is currently working in Lalgadh, near Janatpur in the south east flat agricultural part of Nepal. Virtually all patients are illiterate farmers whose only resource is what they can earn with manual labour. This surgery makes a real and immediate difference to their lives.

Burn Violence Survivors-Nepal (BVS–Nepal) is a not for profit non-governmental organization established in 2008.

BVS-Nepal helps and supports survivors of burns, resulting from accidents, or violence, such as attempted homicide attacks, normally using kerosene or acid and cases of self immolation and attempted suicide, often stemming from domestic violence.

Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) is the only organisation whose sole purpose is to work towards the end of acid violence across the world. Recognising the need for local knowledge and expertise in order to combat acid violence effectively, ASTI founded and continues to support the development of six partner organisations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Uganda and India. It also works with UN agencies, NGOs and strategic partners from across the world to increase awareness of acid violence and develop effective responses at the national and international level.

Motivation supports people with mobility disabilities around the world

Without mobility, millions of disabled people in the developing world are unable to leave their homes, go to school or to work. Many are left to lie on the floor. Many more die from preventable complications.

Motivation helps people to get the right wheelchair in the right way - to stay healthy, get mobile and play an active part in their communities.

Palliative care aims to give people suffering from life-limiting chronic illness the best possible quality of life for their remaining days, weeks or months to enable them to die well, free of pain and other symptoms and with dignity. In May 2014 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution that all member states would work towards integrating palliative care into their health systems at the level of service provision, education and research. Nepal is a signatory to that resolution.

Several small palliative care services have been established in Nepalover the past 10-15 years including at the National BP Koirala Cancer Hospital in Bharatpur and at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital. In addition a number of NGOs are providing palliative care services, mainly within the Kathmandu Valley.

In 2009 the Nepalese Association for Palliative Care (NAPCare) was established to coordinate education, policy development and research in palliative care, linking the individuals and organisations involved in palliative care. A month long multidisciplinary training course in palliative care, established by NAPCare, has now been adopted by the National Health Training Centre (NHTC).

Hospice Nepal in Lalitpur has since 2005 conducted short courses in basic palliative care, based on the Essential Certificate of Palliative Care, developed by the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and Professor Max Watson of the Northern Ireland Hospice and Queens University Belfast. More than 500 health and social care professionals have attended this course. In addition a collaborative research initiative is currently underway involving academics from the UK and Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAS) evaluating models for delivering palliative care in remote rural communities.

Since early 2013, Dr Dan Munday, Associate Professor in Palliative Medicine at Warwick Medical School has been based in Kathmandu and has been working as Adviser to NAPCare, developing training and exploring models of appropriate palliative care for Nepal. A needs-assessment for palliative care in Nepal led by INF International in partnership with NAPCare and funded by EMMS International, a Health Development INGO based in Edinburgh will be undertaken in 2015-16. The University of Edinburgh, Global Health Academy, is providing expert guidance for this needs-assessment.

In February 2015, Dr Rajesh Gongal, former Dean PAHS and founder of Hospice Nepal travelled to Northern Ireland to undertake a two-year Fellowship in Palliative Care.

Organisations and individuals who would like further information on these UK – Nepal partnerships and initiatives in palliative care, are requested to contact Dan Munday through the Health Link Secretariat.


The Nestling Trust is a UK Charity established in a small Wiltshire village to provide destitute children in Nepal with a secure and loving home, in the Nepalese village of Sarangkot.

The children will be given the opportunity to regain their childhood, receive health care and an education as well as having the opportunity to learn skills such as tailoring, computer technology, farming, food preparation etc necessary for attaining jobs in the future.


The Trust also supports programmes to provide basic health care and health education to villagers in the remote areas of Nepal.

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