Earthquake – Where are we up to? – July 8th update

Earthquake relief has been continuing although it has become more difficult since the monsoon began about 2 weeks ago. The team at Lalgadh has now delivered over 200 tonnes of supplies to five village areas in Sindhupalchowk, four village areas in Sindhuli, and one village area in Ramechhap. Some of these villages like Golche in Sindhupalchowk have been within a few kilometres of the Tibetan border. The death toll in Nepal is now nearly 9,000 people, with more than 800,000 homes destr...
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Further serious earthquake in Nepal

Yesterday (Tuesday 12th May) afternoon at about 12.50pm Nepal time, another large earthquake measuring 7.3 occurred, centred near the district of Sindhuli, just north of Lalgadh. Thirty minutes later a second earthquake measuring 6.8 took place slightly further north. Firstly to reassure you that our staff are OK, even though two teams were out delivering relief aid in the affected areas at the time of the earthquakes. One team in a village at the southern edge of the Kathmandu Valley had...
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Update on the situation in Nepal – 8th May 2015

I am sure that you have been following the news on the BBC and elsewhere about the earthquake and so you will know that the relief work is moving into the hills around Kathmandu. In these areas many villages have suffered terribly with extensive damage to property and in many cases the near total obliteration of the villages with little left to show that anyone lived there. This has left many people with no shelter and little food and water, and landslides have blocked roads so that the only acc...
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Serious Earthquake in Nepal

Many of you have been in contact asking how our colleagues in Kathmandu and Lalgadh have fared in the serious earthquake that struck on Saturday 25th April. We are very grateful for your concern and offers of support and prayers. We are also very relieved to be able to report that all our NLT staff, both in Kathmandu and Lalgadh have been wonderfully spared, and damage to NLT buildings has been minor in Kathmandu and in Lalgadh. Dr Hugh and Diana Cross, Dr Graeme and Meena Clugston and Eileen Lo...
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Eye clinics at Lalgadh boosted by new equipment

Leprosy can cause blindness due to damage to the eye from corneal ulcers. These can occur because leprosy often damages the nerve that enables the eyes to feel pain and without that pain, dust and grit can get into the eye and be unnoticed. The damage that results can lead to infection which can cause permanent blindness. This means that regular eye tests for vulnerable patients are important to spot damage early. Our equipment has been very old fashioned up until now, and a technology u...
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Hello World – I’ve got wheels!

Sushmita lives in Lalgadh Village, a half hour walk from Lalgadh Leprosy Services Centre. Her Mum and Dad live in a very basic house and earn a small income from daily waged employment. A great challenge for them has been that their daughter Sushmita has cerebral palsy and is very disabled by it in every way, being unable to speak or control her muscles. There are no national facilities for children disabled in this way and only very few independent services available. Most children in Sushm...
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