Nepal Earthquake

On 3 November 2023, at 11:47 PM (local time) an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale followed by several major aftershocks struck Jajarkot, Rukum West and five other districts in Karnali Province of Nepal.

The affected districts experienced more than 150 additional aftershocks as reported by National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Center, with a magnitude of 3.3 Richter scale on average, on Saturday afternoon. This has only exacerbated the challenges faced by the affected population.

157 people have been confirmed dead and 184 injured and this figure is expected to rise.

Happy Birthday Dr Dhital!

The Britain Nepal Medical Trust would like to wish one of our Trustees, Dr Raghav Dhital, a very happy birthday as he turns 80 in early October.

Dr Dhital became a trustee of the Britain Nepal Medical Trust in 2012 after retiring as a GP in London.  Born in Nepal, he gained his medical degree from Bangladesh after which he practised in Nepal before coming to work in the UK. Throughout his career he has worked tirelessly towards fostering good will and friendship between the Nepalese and host community in the UK and has been awarded several prestigious decorations for his work including an OBE in 2007!

BNMT Trustees meeting (Sep 2023)

The Britain Nepal Medical Trust trustees met at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Health office in London on 5th September 2023. The meeting was a chance for the Nepal team to update the trustees on their main research projects, such as IMPACT TB and the COVID-related Epidemic Intelligence programme. It was also a chance to welcome our two new members, Prof Sarah Barton and Prof Andy Ramsay.

Garden open day raises money for BNMT

Ann and Chris Walters, long term supporters of BNMT, opened their garden to raise money for the Trust in June 2023. Johnny Payne, his wife Caroline and Gillian Holdsworth joined the family at Bell Bank House, Blockley in Gloucestershire for the day – and were joined by Rosemary Boere and her husband Wim. Rosemary was one of the original team who travelled to Nepal in 1968. The day raised £1000 for the Trust – and a big thank you to Ann and Chris.

Don Patterson obituary

We are saddened to announce the passing of Don Patterson, in November 2022. Don worked initially as a field doctor in Nepal with the Trust (1971-2) and then as Director (1976-79) – accompanied by his wife Jan, and as a Trustee from 1981 – 2013.  Don lived a full and meaningful life with a remarkable energy and enthusiasm for learning and giving. He will be much missed by everyone at BNMT.

New Project with AmeriCares

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.