24th May 2021

A huge boost to our COVID-19 response in Nepal



With the continuing outbreak of India’s COVID-19 strain across South East Asia, Nepal has been overwhelmed with a surge in cases, and sadly, hospitalisations and deaths.

You may have read in the international press recently the difficulties the Nepali healthcare system is facing, as it struggles to cope with a surge in demand. As our team of 500+ continue to work tirelessly across the country, they have been buoyed by news of an incredibly generous gift; an anonymous donor has sourced and donated over £500,000 worth of vital medical equipment.

£500k worth of medical kit joins the fight

The oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will equip us to battle the COVID-19 pandemic across the country. The kit will be distributed to hospitals selected by the Trust based on the need and the effect the equipment can have.  It is to help all Nepali people in need of treatment from COVID-19.

In situations like these, our network of 19 Area Welfare Centres across Nepal is invaluable. The equipment will be distributed via these hubs over the coming days and weeks.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s CEO, Al Howard, commented:

“The Gurkha Welfare Trust is incredibly grateful for this gift in kind, and I would like to  personally extend my thanks to the generous donor. Being denied treatment because of a lack of equipment is entirely preventable and should not happen to anyone, anywhere.  This equipment will have a huge impact on saving lives across Nepal in the fight against the pandemic.  Our team stand ready to distribute the kit to selected hospitals over the coming weeks.”

In pictures: Distribution begins

We need your help

The equipment is a massive boost but there is still a lot of work to be done. Thousands of the Gurkha veterans and widows we care for are in the most vulnerable category for COVID-19 and we are currently unable to purchase vaccines in Nepal. We need your support to continue keeping them safe, and to maintain our essential projects across the country, such as water and sanitation installation and school building.

You can find out more about the effect of COVID-19 on our work here and you can support our work here.


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