2016 – Married at Age 10… Vibya’s story

Little Vibya first came to Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital and Services Centre in 2015, bringing her heartbreaking tale of a troubled upbringing and extreme poverty, which led to her being married at just 10 years old as her mother could no longer financially support her. Her husband, one year older than her, was physically abusive while her mother-in-law treated her like a slave rather than a member of the family. It seemed that she was trapped in a life with no hope, and she was having suicidal thoug...
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2016 – Kalpana’s Story

Kalpana is a 29-year-old mother who is affected by leprosy. She has 4 children under 8 years old – one is disabled by cerebral palsy and the fourth was born at Lalgadh in February (2016). Her situation has become extremely difficult, and the team at Lalgadh need to intervene rapidly to save this family from disaster. Her story illustrates the  challenges of the caste system, of being affected by leprosy and of having a disabled child in a country where there are no formal support  services. K...
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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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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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