of BNMT 1960s and 70s
Getting Started – 1960s
1966 – First approach made to the Government of Nepal, offering to supply a team of British doctors and nurses.
1967 - HRH Princep Shah becomes Royal Patron. BNMT officially registered as a British charity.
1968 – A team of eleven doctors, nurses and a mechanic arrives overland in Kathmandu. Work started in Biratnagar General Hospital with rooms re-equipped, pathology laboratory established, patient record system introduced, drugs and equipment donated. Improvements to operating theatre initiated. Building of nurses’ home and children’s ward begun. Similar works performed at Dharan Hospital. Mobile BCG team starts work in Morang district. Team members assist at mother and child health, family planning and ante-natal clinics in Biratnagar and Dharan and train Nepalese nurses.
1969 - BCG work started in Sunsari district. TB and BCG health education materials produced. Blood donor system established in Biratnagar. Dhankuta TB/leprosy clinic and pathology laboratory opened. Hill Drugs Scheme starts with four shops. Mother and child health, family planning and ante-natal clinics extended to Dhankuta. Surgeries held and preventative medicine lectures given in Dhankuta. BNMT provides a doctor for the construction workers on the British section of the East-West Highway.
A Million BCG Vaccinations – 1970s
1970 - BCG teams continue in lowland districts and start
in Dhankuta. Six Hill Drugs Scheme shops running. Drugs supplied
to some government hospitals and health posts in hill districts.
Mother and child health, family planning and ante-natal health education
materials produced. BNMT arranges for Dhankuta town water supply
to be iodised.
1971- Biratnagar Hospital outpatients' department and pathology
laboratory buildings completed. Eight Hill Drugs Scheme shops in operation.
1972 - BCG work started in Sankuwa Sabha district
1973 - Chainpur clinic opened in Sankuwasabha district. Dhankuta
clinic X-ray equipment installed
1974 - Emergency treatment and vaccination programme against
cholera epidemic in Saptari district.
1975 - Last recorded case of smallpox in Nepal. Major improvements
to Biratnagar Hospital completed.
1976 - Millionth child receives BCG, in Dhankuta. BCG work
started in Jhapa district. Thirty-one Hill Drugs Scheme shops operating.
1977 - Tehrathum and Bhojpur clinics opened. X-ray machine
donated to Bhadrapur Hospital. BCG work started in Bhojpur and Panchthar
districts. First Hill Drugs Scheme shopkeepers’ seminar held.
1978 - Khandbari clinic opened in Sankuwasabha district. BCG
work started in Tehrathum and Khotang districts. BNMT starts training
and supervision of village health works in Sankuwasabha district.
1979 - Phidim and Taplejung clinics opened. BCG work started
in Okhaldunga district. Nutrition unit opened in Khandbari
BNMT in the 1980's
BNMT 2000 to present