The Britain Nepal Medical Trust
The Britain Nepal Medical Trust was established in 1967 by a group of young doctors whose ambition was to do something of value in a country where their medical skills were urgently required.
Letter for the Guardian - sadly unpublished:
Re: Nepal Covid variant: does it exist and should we be concerned?
The second wave of the virus (Nepal Covid variant) - spilling over from the outbreak in India - is killing thousands of people in Nepal
Our colleagues in Nepal and Nepal Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli, today issued an urgent plea to the UK government for a share of their Covid vaccine stocks.
Less than 2% of Nepal’s population is fully vaccinated and further supplies suspended because of the situation in India. This is increasing the risk of further virus mutation with global epidemiological implications.
Since May 2020, the UK government’s vaccine taskforce have secured orders from seven different vaccine manufacturers—a total of 400 million doses or enough to vaccinate the entire UK population three times over. https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n421
The people of Nepal are some of the poorest in SE Asia but over 200 years have fought for and on behalf of the United Kingdom – it is time to share some of our vaccine stock with Nepal, all of which we cannot possibly need.
Dr Gillian Holdsworth MBChB, MSc, MPH, FFPH – Chair of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Dr Bob Fryatt Patron of the Britain Nepal Medical
Dr Johnny Payne Trustee of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Dr Raghav Dhital Trustee of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Jeff Mecaskey Trustee of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Dr Siobhan Crowley ex member of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Professor Ian Harper ex member of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust; Founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology
Professor Surya Subedi QC, OBE, DCL ex co Chair of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Jean Marion Aitken ex member of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust
Britain Nepal Medical Trust http://www.britainnepalmedicaltrust.org.uk
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COVID and Nepal – May 2021
Nepal is now reeling under the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily infection rate is inching closer to the 10,000 mark -- up from just about 100 daily cases until last month. More than 4,000 people have already died, with nearly 1,000 deaths in the last 10 days alone.
COVID-19 affects us all, the poor most severely. Vaccination is giving us hope of resuming life this spring, a new normal. In Nepal however, the current “second wave” is three time greater than the first wave that left thousands dead. With Nepal’s border with India, infection, and the upsurge of COVID B.1.617, the so-called “Indian” variant of concern, is an increasing cause of alarm.
So far, Nepal has vaccinated just one million of their population with one jab against Covid – and the vaccine supply has since been disrupted by the Covid situation in India.
The most important measures to controlling this resurgence are:
- Public health measures – mask, hand washing and restricting social interactions/ mixed household gatherings
- Clinical care – improving access to hospital care for the sick – oxygen supplies, ventilators and CPAP machines
- Vaccines – but this will only be for the longer term.
We are seeking your support to advance our drive to raise public awareness to minimise COVID’ s impact through the clear communication of the “masks, hand washing and social distancing” message and to protect health workers across Nepal in their delivery of clinical care and promotion of vaccine uptake.
You can donate through out CAF online link: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/723#!/DonationDetails
BNMT’s response to Covid 19 in Nepal
BNMT is supporting the Government of Nepal in their response to the Covid 19 pandemic by providing support to Hamro Swasthya Dhala (Our Health Shield) – the development and iteration of a web portal and mobile App which provides people with the up to date information they need to help them stay safe and protect themselves
The App also allows the dissemination of reliable information from official sources both from the provinces to the federal government and in the reverse direction. With the Ministry of Health and Population busy responding to the needs of medical facilities and personnel across the country, it was realized that the provision of expert IT support to the government could play a vital part in improving the effectiveness of the government response.
A consortium of partners including Proactive organization; Progressive Engineers Association of Nepal, Soch Nepal, Naxa, Code for Core Innovations, Institute of Himalayan Risk Reduction and IT Maps and Consult formed a working group for IT support to the Ministry and BNMT has committed funds to support this.
BNMT is also providing emergency support and sustenance to communities affected by crisis in Morang district in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development of Province 1 and the public health office and local government of Morang district.
If you wish to support the work that BNMT is doing to reduce the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic in Nepal - you can make a donation: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/723#!/DonationDetails
Founder’s visit to Nepal
About the trust
For Forty nine years the Britain Nepal Medical Trust:
- Is one of the longest serving INGOs in Nepal
- Plays an important role in TB control – in partnership with the National TB Programme
- Is a world leader in piloting models of essential drug supply to rural areas
- An early implementer of community health and development programmes
- Is recognized for work on health rights with disadvantaged groups
- Is actively involved with earthquake relief and reconstruction
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on 25th April 2015. This was followed by multiple aftershocks and a further big quake on 12th May 2015. Over 8000 people died and in the mountainous areas to the north west and north east of Kathmandu over 80% of houses were destroyed.