Message From Country Director

Message From Country Director

Dear Partners, Friends, well-wishers, and Co-workers,

It is my great pleasure to work with NLR Nepal since the last 5 years including in leading role of the Nepal office from 1st March 2018. NLR started working in Nepal since 1977 and the organization underwent through various strategic phases of health sector support before stepping towards the portfolio of disability-inclusive development from a purely leprosy focussed organization.
Last year has been a challengeable year for us to work with local Government with some confusion on the authority and lack of experiences. We are now very optimistic that with the new constitution followed by the new Government, the country will step towards a better and peaceful place to live in.
We are working in line with the five-year (2016-2020) project agreement signed with the Social Welfare Council, a Government regulating body for the International and National Non-Government organizations working in Nepal. The project is adopting the Outcome Mapping (OM) approach as a tool for planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
Main activity targets were directed towards innovative approaches both in leprosy control and disabilities inclusive development. To support Leprosy Control Program, LPEP remained the major focus also in 2018. Till the end of 2018 (2015-2018) a total of 62,611 persons are provided with Single Dose Rifampicin (SDR) out of the 68,976 contacts screened tracing 2,918 index cases. From this intervention, a total of 274 new leprosy cases and 24 new TB cases were detected. During the period, 4,533 service providers were trained out of which 1,873 people were oriented from the piloting districts. LPEP piloting has been wrapped up in December 2018 and has now become an integral part of routine leprosy program in national level. This project has also been replicated in 9 other districts.
The preliminary experience of the integration of leprosy control and prevention program into an inclusive development programme including disability and WASH is that this is fully owned by the Local Government and Communities within the package program of Inclusive development and well appreciated. This has encouraged us for the replication in other municipalities of NLR Nepal working area.
I am pleased to say that we have been able to achieve in maximum of the plan made for 2018 despite internal and external factors including in searching the resources for the projects. For this achievement, I would like to thank the Government authorities, all the partners, well-wishers, co-workers and staff members for their consistent technical, financial and moral support.

Sincerely,
Himalaya Sigdel
Country Director
NLR Nepal