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A time for everything

The terrible earthquake seems to have passed, so life is beginning to return back to normal for the survivors.  It is reported that Kathmandu is now 3 metres south of where it was before the recent events.

Nights have been sleepless, filling many with fear, but communities have come together. Sheltering in open spaces and caring for the elderly and infirm together.

The human spirit is strong, life and hope re-emerge.

Health education continues at the Self Care Centre of Lal Gadh hospital, with the class being held outside on the grass for fear of after shocks…

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Help Nepal

Thanks for all thoughts and prayers for Nepal. We’ve heard all Nepal Leprosy Trust staff, their families and all patients are fine. Please pray for the thousands who aren’t – those who’ve lost children, parents and friends, those without water or homes – and especially that those still trapped will be rescued.

If you can please donate: €6 can provide a nights hospital care in Nepal. To make a one-off donation:

Text NLT6 to 50300 to donate €6

 

Terms and conditions €6 donation: 100% of the text cost goes to Nepal Leprosy Trust Ireland (NLT) across most phone network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means a minimum of €4.89 will go to NLT. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 01 443 3890.

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Borders: from Kathmandu to Kerry and Beyond

Our inaugural touring art exhibition and fundraising event is now in full swing, with 42 participating national and international artists. Hopefully you can join in the celebrations, meet the artists and view the exciting range or artworks for sale. The three locations are:

– Cill Rialaig, Kerry. Opening on the 3rd May at 12 noon and will run until the 8th May 2015.

–  Laois Arthouse, Stradbally. Opening on 11th June at 1.30pm and will run until 26th June 2015.

– The Kathmandu exhibition took place on the 1st April  2015. Scroll down to see images of the show. For more information contact Vera at info@nlt.ie.

'Containment' by artist Hazel Greene.
‘Containment’ by artist Hazel Greene.
'Umbica and Menica washing dhotis, Karipati' by artist Annabel Potterton.
‘Umbica and Menica washing dhotis, Karipati’ by artist Annabel Potterton.

 

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Emily (on Left) our wonderful documentary photographer for the 2015 Nepal trip.
Emily (on Left) our wonderful documentary photographer for the 2015 Nepal trip.

Scoil Mochua, Readathon 2015

Last week we were  invited to Scoil Mochua, Celbridge to receive a cheque on behalf of Nepal Leprosy Trust (NLT) Ireland. This donation was sponsorship money collected by the primary school children as part of the Readathon 2015.

A great surprise on the day was the class adaptions of their favourite books eg., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Harry Potter, Winnie the Witch to mention a few.

The Readathon Assembly on the day was compèred by two wonderful children,  Rebecca and Dennis.

Scoil Mochua, Celbridge Readathon 2015.
Scoil Mochua, Celbridge Readathon 2015.
3rd and 4th class Readathon Assembly 2015, Scoil Mochua, Celbridge.
3rd and 4th class Readathon Assembly 2015, Scoil Mochua, Celbridge.

Mother and Baby

With the birth of two wonderful little girls in my extended family this week in Ireland I am reminded of the mother and baby ward in Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital in southern Nepal.

It's a boy, 3kg photo by Yvonne Simmonds.
It’s a boy, 3kg photo by Yvonne Simmonds.

This last week in February there have been 3 births in Lalgadh, two girls and a boy. All going well the mothers will return home with their newborn baby about 5 or 6 hours after birth. The normal birth figures in the hospital are an average of two a month.

This low figure is due to three things:

1. the specialised ward is a new facility within the hospital compound

2. most mothers have their babies at home and continue with normal daily life

3. the hospital is situated in rural Nepal and travelling long distance, at short notice, usually on foot is not ideal during labour.

This trend is slowly changing as a result of the Village Alive Program which includes training of Rural Health Champions (RHC).

The RHC’s are women working on a voluntary basis and have been selected by their respective villages. These women take part in efforts to control diarrhea, vomiting, malnutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis and referral advice when required. Most of them were illiterate, but now function as health volunteers, measuring blood pressure and performing examinations, including examination of pregnant women. They are also able to recognise danger signs and advise to move pregnant women to hospital if necessary.

Photo by Yvonne Simmonds
Photo by Yvonne Simmonds
In labour, photo Yvonne Simmonds.
In labour, photo Yvonne Simmonds.

 

Mother and baby photo by Yvonne Simmonds.
Mother and baby photo by Yvonne Simmonds.

Limerick and Lalgadh Public Health Partnership

Dr Anne Dee will be returning to Lalgadh, Nepal in March after a break of twenty years. She has obtained funding under the ESTHER* alliance  which is a European organisation which encourages partnership between developed and developing world healthcare facilities.

Under this scheme, the Department of Public Health in Limerick has been funded to set up a partnership with LLSC (NLT’s leprosy centre in south-eastern Nepal) . She will travel with the Director of Public Health in Limerick, Dr Mai Mannix, and will spend time in LLSC meeting the workers there, viewing the projects and agreeing the scope of this proposed partnership.

Dr Krishna Lama and Dambar Aley from LLSC will make a return visit to Ireland in May in order to finalise the partnership agreement.

Dr Anne Dee, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, Department of Public Health in Limerick.

ESTHER - Together for a Networked Hospital Therapeutic Solidarity.
ESTHER – Together for a Networked Hospital Therapeutic Solidarity.

Video – Sarita’s Story

When I visited Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital for Easter 2014 I was blessed to meet some beautiful people. I know I have made friends for life as a result of my time spend there. One of the ladies I met was Sarita, she was part of the outreach team who travelled with us to the remote villages. On these trips she preformed many tasks, one of which was introducing us to the villagers, helping to translate and share their stories.

I also spent time with her in the small jewellery making workshop which she manages. She provides training and support for people in a similar situation to her own. Sarita, seen here on the left,  is a very warm, confident and outgoing person but this was not always the case.

Click on this video link to hear her story:  http://vimeo.com/65224739

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Increase in patient numbers

The Nepal Leprosy Trust hospital in Lalgadh, south eastern Nepal reached its highest recorded number of patients with 601 outpatients on Sunday 12th October – 58 leprosy and 543 general.  This is very good news as there still remains a reluctance to present with leprosy related symptoms due to the associated stigma.

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These continuously increasing numbers suggest a wonderful increasing visibility and drawing power of LLSC’s hospital services under the Good Lord’s hand and with its reputation for low cost (or free) high quality caring clinical diagnostics and patient treatment  – things that characterise compassionate Christian care.  Perhaps you could  spare a thought or a prayer for the stretched Out Patient Dept (and In Patient Dept) staff, especially the doctors, nurses and paramedics who battle through the pressures of these huge numbers each day, willingly and caringly despite the present uncomfortable heat.

Queuing for treatment in Out Patient Dept, Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, Nepal
Queuing for treatment in Out Patient Dept, Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre, Nepal