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Simon Sinclair - in memoriam

September 2014

Simon started his love for Nepal as a medical student on his elective with BNMT. His strong affiliation for this beautiful Himalayan country and its people saw his return as field doctor for BNMT in 1980. The days when recently qualified and idealistic Western doctors still roamed the Eastern Hills and were responsible for running the TB and leprosy control programmes in remote district centres. Simon's commitment and closeness to the Nepali people no doubt helped to establish the respect BNMT enjoys to this day in Nepal.

The extremely isolated existence suited his striking individuality. Despite being the only Westerner in Bhojpur, he stayed for 3 years, establishing strong relationships with the Nepali staff with whom he worked and the local population. His memory lived on long after he had gone in many stories and in the dhara (water supply) he donated on leaving Bhojpur. After returning to the UK he maintained his links with Nepal and BNMT eventually becoming a trustee; a role he fulfilled for 23 years. His intelligence and wit were always a vital ingredient of the trustee meetings, when not restricted in later years by his tendency for an afternoon snooze!

Initially uncertain which path his medical career shold take after BNMT he finally decided on psychiatry. A foray into medical anthropology displayed his significant academic abilities and his original mind. He produced a fascinating PhD thesis (published as a book "Making Doctors") after embedding himself in a London medical school to try and objectively observe the influences at work in producing British doctors. His insights were revealing; although medical education has changed somewhat since then this would still be useful reading for all medical students.

Whilst still in Oxford he met and maried his beloved MA and they started a family. They eventually moved up to Durham as he pursued his career in psychiatry combining clinical and academic responsibilities. As well as his demanding job he was always dedicated to his family and often spent weekends ferrying his children to their commitments, in particular as distinguished choristers.

Happily, he continued to travel South to the Trust meetings until very recently when he retired as a trustee after the diagnosis of his prostatic cancer. The course of his illness was traumatic but he faced it with the courage and realism one would have somehow expected from this unique personality. He will be sorely missed.

Simon Sinclair

 

Spanish Runner raises money for BNMT

January 2014

Eduardo Sanz Solana, who lives in Barcelona, has generously donated the funds raised from his New York Marathon run.  This was his first marathon which he says was an amazing experience.

To add additional motivation for people to donate he set a contest.  60 people took part and the winner of the contest kindly gave the whole prize as an additional donation.  Through Eduardo's efforts a total of 1,300Euros was raised.

Eduardo Sanz Solana

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Video to celebrate BNMT's work in Nepal

January 2014

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Two new reports on Human Resources for Health

July 2013

Two new reports have been produced by a project implemented by BNMT and co-funded by the EU. 

For the report on the Situation Analysis of Policies and Practices on Human Resources for Health in Nepal the research was undertaken in 2011 to prepare a strong foundation for evidence based advocacy on Human Resources for Health.

The private sector in Nepal has emerged in recent years as a substantial force in the production and utilisation of Human Resources for Health.  However, there is a lack of an effective co-ordination mechanism between the public and private sectors.  This has made it difficult to maximise the gains for better health impacts.  With this background the Situation Analysis of Human Resources for Health in Public and Private Sectors in Nepal was conducted to review existing global and national Human Resources for Health policies, to identify gaps and make recommendations.

 

 

Hannah Hayes runs the marathon to raise funds for BNMT

May 2013

Hannah first heard about BNMT through her father, who is a keen walker and having been to Nepal many times has seen the impact of the charity first-hand.  A couple of years ago he went on an ambitious walk across Europe and through this began raising money for the charity. (John Hayes' fundraising walk)

"I'm not much of a walker, instead I like to run.  I had done a few 10km runs before and one half marathon a few years ago, but never a marathon.  As a runner, I saw it as the ultimate challenge and always wanted to be able to say that I'd completed one.  With this personal challenge in mind I also saw it as an excellent opportunity to help my Dad reach his ambitious fundraising target for BNMT and to speak to my own network of friends and colleagues about the charity.

"I was overwhelmed at the support I had when training and the generous donations from my friends, family and colleagues.  Many people were particularly generous as they knew it was a great cause.

"With four months of training through rain, wind and snow the race day itself was a beautiful sunny Spring day (it must have been the first of the year).  I ran non-stop for four and a half hours until I crossed the finish line.  It was an amazing feeling and worth the pain of my feet and toes the following days!  I'm really thrilled to have been able to raise over £1,000 for BNMT's Community Based Child Nutrition Programme and am grateful to everyone who supported me along the way."

A report on the Community Based Child Nutrition Programme supported by Hannah and John Hayes can be found on our Reports page.

Hannah running the marathon

 

 

 

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