BRITAIN-NEPAL MEDICAL TRUST
The BNMT aims to assist the people of Nepal to improve their health. It does this by working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, international and local non-governmental organisations, local committees and communities to establish and maintain sustainable basic health services. BNMT supports four health components:
- Treatment and prevention of infectious diseases (acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, malaria, kala-azar and Japanese encephalitis).
- Reproductive health and safe motherhood.
- Quality care for and prevention of TB, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Sustainable supplies of essential drugs.
The BNMT was originally founded in 1969 with one clinic run by ex-patriate doctors. It has developed to meet the changing demands it has encountered over the past 40 years, and its work now covers the whole of Eastern Nepal.
Since 1987 the Everest Marathon Fund has:
- provided drugs for both Taplejung and Khotang and purchased special scales for weighing drugs;
- built TB hostels in Dhankuta and Ilam;
- provided £1,500 to complete a new hostel in Khandbari and money to repair the TB hostels in Taplejung and Dhankuta;
- contributed £32,000 towards the purchase of four Toyota Land Cruisers to transport drugs and staff involved in the training programmes;
- paid for several motor bikes and some office equipment;
- computer systems for networking and power point presentations;
- paid for a generator for the office in the Kathmandu where work grinds to a halt during the frequent and lengthy power cuts.
- paid for the upgrade of the TB laboratory in Biratnagar where TB smear tests are carried out (2011)
- Our £5000 grant in 2013 was used to help fund a ground-breaking programme in menstrual hygiene, currently a taboo subject. This includes importing a low-tech machine from India to make cheap and re-usable sanitary napkins.