From September 15, 2016 to September 25, 2016 Dr. Kulesh Bahadur Thapa, Country Representative of BNMT UK and Mr. Suman Chandra Gurung , Executive Director of BNMT Nepal visited the United Kingdom to attend the Board of Trustee Meeting. The Board of Trustee Meeting is held every twice a year.
Meeting with the Funding Officer (Investment) of BLF Dr. Kulesh Bahadur Thapa, Country Representative of BNMT UK and Mr. Suman Chandra Gurung, Executive Director of BNMT Nepal had a fruitful meeting with Mr. Phil Mole, Funding Officer (Investment) of Big Lottery Fund (BLF) in the United Kingdom.
From September 7 to September 8, 2016 BNMT Nepal organized two day orientation for 19 participants facilitated by Consultant Ms. Nilu Thapa with the purpose of generating familiarity with the baseline survey to the participants and providing detail information about the activities of baseline survey and the intervention as a whole.
On September 6, 2016 a free health camp was organised by BNMT Nepal in Sindhupalchowk District as one of the main activities of Big Lottery Fund (BLF).
Indrawati Community Service Centre provided three rooms for diagnostics (Orthopaedics; Paediatrics; and Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and one for distribution of free essential medicines, provided by BNMT.
Total 125 people of all ages, with 60 women, 40 men and 25 children, were directly benefitted from the camp.
BNMT Nepal expresses their sincere gratitude to Dr. Komal Bikram Thapa, Dr. Kulesh Thapa, Dr. Smriti Pant and Dr. Sadesha Khadka along with several volunteers for their active participation and support in conduction of this camp.
Projects to help with the long term rebuilding of communities devastated by the earthquake in Nepal are being announced by the Big Lottery Fund today.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, followed a year ago today by a massive aftershock measuring 7.3. The disaster left around 8,700 people dead, 22,000 injured and hundreds of thousands homeless.
The Big Lottery Fund committed a total of £2 million in May 2015 to help affected communities and after discussions with several agencies including the Disasters Emergency Committee it was agreed it would support the ongoing rehabilitation work beyond the immediate disaster relief phase.
The first five grants are being made to UK-based charities PHASE Worldwide, Global Action Nepal, Doctors of the World, Britain Nepal Medical Trust and Global Giving UK. Each project is based on consultations, surveys and focus groups in the targeted communities and been adapted according to their feedback on their needs.
On 4th March 2016, BNMT Team along with our Trustee, Dr. Gillian Holdsworth visited Education and Development for the Underprivileged Children (EDUC), Basundhara for art counseling. Dr. Gillian was happy to see the children being happy and enjoying their work in school even after the devastating earthquake in Nepal. BNMT team was glad to support those children financially even though the amount was not so big.
On 4th March, 2016 BNMT Team Nepal visited Lalitpur, Municipality-12, Bungamati for handover of newly constructed four compartment gender friendly community toilet implemented by Rotract club of Metro City and funded by Handle with Care International, Australia.
The programme started by welcoming and chairing the guests of the day Dr. Gillian Holdsworth, the co-chair of the BNMT UK Board of Trustees, Mr. Suman Chandra Gurung, director of BNMT Nepal and Mr. Madhukar Tuladhar, Principal of Tri- Ratna Cooperative Secondary School. Mr. Rajan Maharjan, Past President of Rotaract club of Metro city. Right after the chairing, Mr. Rajan Maharjan thanked and expressed his gratitude to BNMT Nepal for the toilet construction initiative. He then added about the need of community toilet in his surrounding where it still lacks the personal toilet. At the end, he concluded proper use of toilet will maintain personal health and hygiene and will prevent many diseases like diarrohoea, dysentery, etc and requested the toilet users’ community to keep it always clean. At the end of the session, Dr. Gillian Holdsworth presented with token of love and handed over the gender friendly community toilet to Lalitpur Municipality. After handover session, Mr. Raghu Dhital, WASH Programme Coordinator hosted the community toilet handover programme.
On 3rd of March 2016, Dr. Gillian Holdsworth, Trustee of BNMT UK, Mr. Suman Chandra Gurung, Program Director of BNMT and Ms. Shikha Upadhyaya Khatiwada, Psychosocial Counselor visited Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy (SGCP), Nepal Makhundole, Dhapakhel, and met the CEO of SGCP Mr. Bimal Lal Shrestha. He shared his knowledge about three interventions done to the Cerebral Palsy (CP) children in his organization where they do 1) clinical checkup of the children 2) schooling of children and vocational training to them 3) home visit of the CP children and interaction with the parents in some place they have establish day care centers too. SGCP also provide income generating skills to the parents of the CP children so that they can sustain in future.
Dr. Gillian along with the BNMT Team also visited the OPD patient’s room, physiotherapy room, and speech therapy room and interacted with the patients. The different classes of SGCP including vocational and computer classes were interesting and Dr. Gillian was happy to be with them and taking back the smile she saw in their face along with her back to UK.
Grant Agreement has been signed between AmeriCares Foundation, Inc. And Birat Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT Nepal) on January 27, 2016 for Post-Earthquake Health Sector Recovery and Reconstruction Support in Makawanpur District, Nepal – Type Design 1: Health Post for Post-Disaster Reconstruction. The agreement was signed by our Programme Director, Mr. Suman Chandra Gurung and Nepal Team Leader Mr. Riaz Khalil of AmeriCares. The project has been started effective from February 2016.