Our medical aid

Lifesaving care

Nepal national health service is underdeveloped and access to medical care can be limited, especially in rural areas. Following the earthquakes in 2015, which destroyed many remote health posts, help is even harder to find.

Fortunately, our dedicated medical team works throughout the country. In 2014/15 we provided treatment to around 50,000 patients.

We offer a high standard of free medical care via our Welfare Centres, community medical camps, home visits or paid-for treatment at national hospitals.

Mobile medical team

Our mobile staff trek deep into the Himalayan foothills to care for housebound and isolated Gurkha veterans and widows. During times of crisis, they can provide support where it's needed the most.

My father is an ex-Gurkha so I feel like our veterans are part of my family. I feel connected to them and they treat me as they would their own son or grandson

Dr Khimesh Pun, GWT Mobile Doctor

Our mobile team works in rural areas where there may be as few as one doctor per 100,000 people. Our programme is hugely valued by Gurkha veterans and their dependants, who aren't charged a penny for our vital support.

Our medical camps

We run eight medical camps each year, offering free health checks and medication to Nepali citizens in remote areas. Each year, we perform thousands of dental extractions and cataract operations that can transform the lives of patients who might otherwise suffer for years without treatment.

Around 15,000 people benefit from these camps annually. See for yourself in the clip below:

Case study: Rifleman Subbahadur Ghale

73-year-old Rfn Subbahadur Ghale served with the 2nd Gurkha Rifles. He fought in the Borneo Confrontation but left the British Army after his mother died to support his ailing father.

Subbahadur has since lived in Konje village, a small village in northern Gorkha. It’s only a short walk from the epicentre of the April 2015 earthquake.

The veteran currently lives with his wife Maili in a modest shelter, full of belongings plucked from the rubble of their former existence. His home will form part of our rebuilding programme.

Maili suffers from asthma, but thankfully our mobile team is able to visit the couple to offer check-ups, advice and medicine. Pictured here is Dr Yuba Raj Thapa sharing a joke with Subbahadur.

In such a remote and devastated setting, the healthcare we provide is invaluable for Gurkha veterans and their dependants.

Support our work

After more than 200 years of loyal service, we have a duty of care to our Gurkha veterans.

Please help us to provide essential medical support for elderly and infirm ex-Gurkhas, their families and communities.

What do we provide?

Our medical support currently includes:

  • Regular GP surgeries including clinics at every pension payment day to minimise the burden of repeat journeys
  • 12 mobile doctors and a further 12 nurses who trek deep into the hills to treat housebound veterans and widows
  • Funded operations and treatment at carefully selected national hospitals
The Trust at a glance

A brief summary of what we do and our plans for the coming years.

Take a look at an infographic covering the Trust's work in 2015-16.