Dear Partners , Friends, well wishers and Co-workers,
It is my great pleasure to work with Netherland Leprosy Relief Nepal (NLR Nepal) since the last two decades. NLR started working in Nepal since 1979 and the organization underwent through various strategic phases before stepping towards the portfolio of disability inclusive development from a purely leprosy focussed organization .
Last year has been a difficult time to the people of Nepal because of political instability and residual effect of the disaster occurred in 2015. The people of Nepal are optimistic that with the new constitution and newly elected future leaders, the country will be a better and peaceful place to live in .
A new five-year project for the project period 2016-2020 was developed in Outcome Mapping (OM) approach which got approval from Social Welfare Council (SWC) and was signed on June 2016. NLR Nepal then started to implement its projects through Boundary Partners (BPs) fulfilling the requirements set by the Government of Nepal.
Main activity targets were directed towards innovative approaches both in leprosy control and disabilities management. Leprosy post exposure prophylaxis project is running well with over 31 thousand contacts of more than 1200 index cases enrolled and fed SDR (single dose of rifampicin) in 2016 . Likewise, over 1670 health workers and volunteers were provided training in leprosy. In service delivery 380 persons with leprosy and disabilities were provided with some sort of livelihood support and over 500 received medical and surgical help.
Mainstreaming of disabilities due to leprosy into general disabilities is being continued through training activities; advocacy and lobbying at different areas; changing attitude, behavior, action/policies & relationships of BPs. Newly introduced technology of leprosy prevention, LPEP, will be continued whereas further expansion to other districts has been planned. NLR Roundtable (RT) set four priority areas and activities were planned accordingly .
I am pleased to say that we have been able to achieve in maximum of the plan made for 2016 despite of internal and external factors especially delaying in agreement with Government of Nepal. For this achievement, I would like to thank all the partners, well wishers and co workers and for their consistent technical, financial support and managerial
Dr Krishna Prasad Dhakal