An outreach adventure where no doctor has trod before….
WAY UP in the mountains of Sindhuli District our medical team visited Kalika School and its Tamang community, where we’d promised to do an awfully-needed health check-up on the children.
Our team included 2 doctors, a nurse, our Support Services Manager and courageous driver. As well as the children, we wanted to check on progress with the water supply pipe and the building work we are supporting for a new school to replace the present earthquake-damaged building.
The arduous 4-5 hour trip from Lalgadh Hospital climbs hair-raising roads and tracks. Then there’s a 1½ hour steep up-and-down walk. No wonder no doctor nor “whitey” has ever been there before. But we have built a wonderfully warm relationship with this Tamang community, not least because some of the team members – Dr Krishna Lama, Meena and Suman – are Tamang too.
We found and treated lots of skin infections, especially impetigo and scabies; malnutrition, and throat, ear and eye infections. Almost none of the children has been vaccinated; that must wait for another visit.
We also caught up with 9 year-old Sarita with burns and damaged limbs whom we met last year. With the support of Gudri – our Footwear Dept Manager and his team Sarita can now run and walk, and climb…. and even dance – Tamang dances.
When our steering failed on the return trip, a wonderful Mangar family invited us to their home for rice & dhal. They begged us to help their community’s schoolchildren as well as the Tamang children higher up. We also found 3 unregistered leprosy patients.
Back home to Lalgadh hospital at 1am. What an adventure!
With thanks to Dr Graeme Clugston for this extract and the photos.
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Late one evening in July, I found myself descending rapidly in an airplane over the Kathmandu valley. The city looked totally unlike any I had seen before. Walking out onto the heated street, the life of the place struck me. People everywhere. No surface seemed untouched. As I travelled south, rural farmland replaced crowded cityscape – rice paddies and dirt tracks.
WELCOME TO NEPAL
How did I end up here? After a lifetime of hearing stories about Nepal from my parents, who spent the first years of their married lives there, I had been given the opportunity to visit. I would be staying at Lalgadh Hospital – the busiest leprosy hospital in the world – set up by Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT), a Christian organisation inspired by Jesus’ compassion to serve the poor and sick. Their aim is to empower those affected by leprosy and other disadvantaged people.
Leprosy destroys the life of a patient both physically and socially, so NLT focuses on two primary aspects of the rehabilitation. First, they must deal with the physical illness… Read the full article here
A huge thank you for all your wonderful support during 2015. It has been a challenging year for everyone in Nepal. Our colleagues in Lalgadh have sent us on this lovely photo and greeting.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED MEANINGFUL 2016!
‘Striving to shine the Christmas Light of love, compassion, help and healing all year round to the desperately needy in the Himalayan heights and foothills of Nepal – that’s the “strive” of Nepal Leprosy Trust – Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre (NLT/LLSC) during 2015.
It’s been a struggle with earthquakes, floods (of leprosy and needy patients), landslides, delivering emergency relief – food, warmth and shelter – to thousands of hungry destitute remote mountain-area families, hindered and blocked by strikes, political violence, busy busy hospital work, helping sick children, and collapsed schools, and always more and more leprosy and sick poor needy patients, young and old ….
Striving to reach out all year with that Christmas Light and flame of compassion and love, bringing healing, wholeness, help, survival, restoration, to many thousands – leprosy affected, and other poor, needy and marginalised folks.
All enabled by heart-warming encouragement, support, prayers and partnership of caring generous churches and dear friends and noble organisations … All of us working together bringing this Light to the desperately needy and sick in this poor dark difficult (but beautiful) Himalayan part of the world.
Christmas love and greetings to you all’ from Dr Graeme Clugston, Medical Director at Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre.
We got great news this morning 12th December 2015: our hospital in Nepal have received some diesel fuel and are already on the road delivering much needed earthquake relief aid again. See more below.
‘The strike, political violence and blockages have tragically prevented most relief work in Nepal for the last 3 months. Now the Himalayan winter is here – it’s cold and getting colder. Yesterday (Thursday 10 Dec), by some extraordinary means, we got some diesel-fuel – enabling us to resume urgent earthquake relief work.
The fuel enabled us to go yesterday up over the Sindhuli mountains to (a) visit some earthquake affected schools we’ve been waiting/wanting to assist, and (b) deliver 800 blankets to 2 very poor earthquake-devastated communities.
Facts: – remember? – the massive earthquakes earlier this year … wrecked most of Nepal’s schools – 48,000 classrooms destroyed or damaged, 20,000 classrooms requiring demolition and reconstruction, 999,000 students out of school, another 440,000 students affected adversely …that was the immediate impact of the earthquakes in April, May and the subsequent 408 aftershocks up till today (24 November)’.
Thank you to Dr Graeme for the update and for the lovely photos. Well done and safe travelling.