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.
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
Hike the Wall for Nepal
The Britain Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) was established in 1967 by a group of young British doctors (from St Thomas’) who had an ambition of doing something of value in a part of the world where their medical skills were more urgently required than UK. They departed overland – excited and inspired by the opportunity of working in the mountains of the Himalaya – and on arrival they were sent to Biratnagar to run the regional hospital. Hungry for the mountains – a couple of the team headed off north and within a year the BNMT programme had expanded into the hill districts of the eastern Region – starting with a BCG programme they rapidly expanded into tuberculosis control – an area which we continue to play and active part today. And from those small beginnings – 50 years on – BNMT now stands as one of the first INGOs to work in Nepal and one of the longest serving INGOs in Nepal.
To mark the 50th anniversary the BNMT, Professor Surya P. Subedi QC (joint Co-chair of the BNMT) is leading a team of people to go on a long fundraising hike along the Hadrian’s Wall Path in the north of England to cover 84 miles (135 km), the full distance of the Wall, next week. Starting in Newcastle to the east, the team will finish near Carlisle to the west of England.
The Wall was built in the Britannia province of the Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. A significant portion of the wall still stands and can be followed on foot along the adjoining Hadrian's Wall Path. Regarded as a British cultural icon, Hadrian's Wall is one of Britain's major ancient tourist attractions. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1987.
If you would like to make a donation to support the work of this charity and the 50th Anniversary Walk, please visit the following website to make a donation.
Professor Subedi has said that any amount of donation, big or small, would be highly appreciated and received with gratitude.
The BNMT works under an agreement with the Government of Nepal and in association with other local NGOs in all five regions of the country. Its programmes extend to around a fifth of Nepal’s 32 million population. It is governed by a Board of Trustees based in the UK. They include Dr Gillian Holdsworth and Professor Surya Subedi QC (joint co-chairs) and Dr Raghav Dhital, Mr J W Mecaskey, and Dr Johnny Payne as Trustees. Most of the Trustees have field and/or advisory experience in Nepal. The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the organization and approve policy and strategic direction in consultation with the director and staff in Nepal.
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.