WHAT WE DO

what-we-do



The International Nepal Fellowship (INF) has conducted many medical relief programmes in Nepal over the last 60 years. One of these was the ‘
Ear Camp’ project. This provides peripatetic care in remote areas where no such service has previously existed.

International Nepal Fellowship camps have run since 1992 with the numbers of patients and volunteers increasing progressively. EarAidNepal has provided extensive professional support, particularly with volunteers and information. As of December 2015 we have treated over 43,000 outpatients and performed nearly 4,700 operations. Download the full data here.

Out of the camps was borne a desire to create a first rate permanent referral facility to treat people with ear disease and deafness, and very importantly, to play a part in the training and education of local medical staff and the general population. This is the ‘INF Ear Hospital and Training Centre’ (IEHTC), often abbreviated to ‘
Ear Centre’.

The Ear Centre was completed and
opened in November 2015.

Ear Aid Nepal’s principal aims are to support both the ear hospital and the ear camp work, supporting people with ear disease and deafness, and particularly those with limited means and poor access to care. This includes training locals and extending the range of services available in the country, and doing basic and primary care research.

This web site exists to support this work and
keep up to date with its rapid development. Those who started the ear camps and have experience of living and working in Nepal over many decades are the founding authors.

One of INFs longest running projects, the Green Pastures Leprosy Hospital, is in Pokhara the third city of Nepal. The local population is large and is a drainage area for many remote parts of western Nepal. The west of Nepal has the lowest health development and most difficult transport links (much of it on foot) in the country.

The Ear Centre also helped rejuvenate thinking about the whole Green Pastures Hospital complex. In addition to existing leprosy, dermatology, spinal and other chronic disability services, there are plans to increase the medical facilities on this beautiful site, initially including further orthopaedic and spinal surgery, palliative care and diagnostic services including CT scanning.

The ear camps will continue, based from the new centre, but it is hoped that much will be added, including more specialist services, primary health outreach for nearby rural and city locations, evidence based health education and training courses.

We have many
stories of needy people who have suffered for many years with treatable or preventable illness. Many thousands of patients have received advice and medications, life changing ear surgery, hearing tests and hearing aid fittings. We have never failed to arrive on time and are always asked when we can return. We realise that such camps are limited in effect and that further development of infrastructure is essential.

Now that the hospital is open we are seeing even more people with very complex or long-term ear disease, often with complications.

We want to extend our services at basic and advanced levels. We often see children and adults with profound deafness. Some could benefit from Cochlear Implantation; this is expensive and requires specialist services but can change an entire life. It is heart wrenching to turn away a family with a small child that was born deaf and could benefit from this treatment, as they would in developed countries. We hope to develop this service.

So what do we need? We need
volunteers, over the years we have had many specialists, often at the top of their fields join us on the camps for a week or two, we would like them to return, for camps and also to teach. We also need people to make longer term commitments, perhaps returning annually or working on our behalf in their home countries.

Of course we also need practical help, chiefly
money but also equipment.

This site will show you ways you can make a difference.