Congratulations! Australia Day Honour given to Dr Graeme Clugston

Dr Graeme Clugston was honoured in the Australia Day Honours List this January 2016, for distinguished service to medicine, and to the international community of Nepal, particularly to people with leprosy, and to global health and nutrition. Graeme has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia. Graeme and his wife Meena have been working at Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre for nearly 9 years now and have seen the work there grow in diversity and in volume, as the numbers of general pa...
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A New Year Begins…

Greetings from NLT in 2016! The last part of 2015 has been hard with the strike and acute shortages of fuel, gas, medicines and many staple foods. Patient numbers at Lalgadh have dropped as people needing help cannot travel, and we mostly cannot get to them either. Particularly sad has been the disastrous affect of these shortages on the relief work that has been taking help to people in the hill districts affected by the earthquakes. There are about 3 million children at risk from lack of fo...
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New Strain of Leprosy

A recent article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes a new strain of leprosy that has been found in armadillos in the southeastern USA. They found leprosy in 106 animals (16% of those tested) and of those, 7 tested positive for a new genotype of the leprosy bacterium. When testing humans from the same area as part of the study, they found that out of 52 people infected with leprosy 22 were infected with the new strain. It has long been known that people can catch lepros...
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November and the Blockade Continues….

Since the 20th September when the new Constitution was announced, things have not got any easier in Nepal, as the stranglehold on trade by people near the Indian border has prevented fuel and cooking gas coming into the country. Many other supplies have also been affected and the NLT workshop is at a near standstill as leather and glue have become unavailable, and the building work on the Kathmandu office has also stopped as cement has run out. Cars and taxis wait for days in queues more than a ...
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Nepal has a New Constitution

On Sunday 20th September, the President of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav, signed the New Constitution of Nepal and finally ended the many years of missed deadlines, and arguments about what should, and should not be included. There was celebration in many parts of Nepal, but there are still those, particularly the people in the Terai, who feel that they are not adequately represented by the new constitution. There have been continuing violent protests in the Terai area and the Indian Government has...
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Sponsored Walk – Perfect weather, great company, lovely scenery

The NLT sponsored walk along the Thames happened on schedule on Saturday 19th, and was blessed with sunshine for the whole walk. It was slow going as we dawdled with small children, enjoying the views, but we made it back to the NLT office late in the afternoon to a reward of scones, cream and strawberry jam. We need to do a few calculations to work out the approximate steps we took, and the funds we have raised but it was an encouraging improvement on last year and makes next year something...
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