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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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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