Lalgadh Out-Patients’ Department expands

Tuesday 13th June 2017 was a very significant day at Lalhgadh as it it saw the official opening of the new out-patient facilities that have been under construction for two years. The existing buildings, which were only designed for our expected leprosy case-load of 12,000 or so visits a year plus a few general cases from the local community, have long since been swamped by the many thousands of general patients who come for help with skin problems. Last year saw over 100,000 patient visits, ...
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Pramodh – challenging times for one of our staff

Those of you who receive our prayer letters will know about this man and may well have prayed for his healing and his family's situation. Whilst I was there this June (2017) I was able to catch up with Prabodh and wanted to bring you up to date. Pramodh is a longstanding member of NLT staff who joined Lalgadh as a member of the admin staff over 20 years ago. In December 2013 Promodh had a serious motorcycle accident which involved a spinal injury causing significant paralysis. Pramodh ...
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Update on Radhika – the little girl with TB

In May, while in Kathmandu being investigated at the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC), Radhika became very unwell and had problems breathing. She was referred to Dhulikel Hospital where it transpired that she had pneumonia, and was in intensive care for 2 days and then in a general ward for a week. She recovered well and then moved back to HRDC where she continues to be treated for her spinal TB and has also had some physiotherapy which has really helped her to wal...
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Himalayan Batiks

Himalayan Batiks is one of NLT's Income Generation Projects. This project employs more than 20 producer families, working at home to make various products using the batik technique with wax and dye on cotton fabric. People with disabilities, students from low income families, women who have been deserted by their husbands or people who are disadvantaged in some other way and marginalized persons in Nepal find through this project not only a source of income, but a way to recover dignity an...
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NLT’s Felt Industry

NLT has a heart for all those that are disadvantaged and not just those that suffer from leprosy.  It is out of this heart that the Kathmandu office set up a sheltered workshop where various 'home' industries were started. In 2002 NLT started the Felt Industry, employing the poor and disadvantaged.  It quickly became a source of income for them, which has continued to this day.  Still today,  it is a thriving business for a small group of women. Their main customer is Sweden but they expor...
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Leprosy in Europe – The Island

Some of you may remember the recent novel by Victoria Hislop based around the Greek island called Spinalonga that was a leprosy colony from 1903 to 1957. Spinalonga was fortified in the 16th century by the Venetians and then occupied by the Ottomans in the 18th century. The Cretans re-took it in the 19th century and it was turned into a leprosy colony in the early 20th century. The last occupant was a priest who lived there until 1962. Recently some archive film made during a visit to the island...
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