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.
We are in stage of enthusiasm with the establishment of NLR Alliance evolving from NLR working with branch offices in five countries including Nepal which will operate on the basis of multi-faced collaboration between members sharing the history, skills and expertise to fight against leprosy. We are working in line with the five-year (2016-2020) project agreement signed with the Social Welfare Council and the multi annual sttrategy prepared in the year 2019 for the 3 years 2020-2022.
Like previous year our main activity targets were directed towards innovative approaches both in leprosy control and disabilities inclusive development. To support the Leprosy Control Program, SDR-PEP remained the major focus also in 2019. Till the end of 2019 (2015-2019) a total of 62,611 persons are provided with Single-Dose Rifampicin (SDR) out of the 68,976 contacts screened tracing of 2,918 index cases. We are able to do this intervention the SD-PEP in 19 districts out of 23 districts of our working area and the remaining 4 districts will be covered in the year 2020. The LPEP piloting has been wrapped up in December 2018 and the dissemination was done in early 2019 in presence of Government high officials, international experts and supporters.
In 2019 the in-depth review of the leprosy program was done and a road map as a first of its kind was prepared based on the in-depth review in collaboration with the WHO and Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy led by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Health. NLR Nepal is happy to be a part of review process and developing a road-map. Our experiences working with 15 municipalities has been a very encouraging one since the NLR Nepal concept and the objectives are now fully owned by the local Government and are well appreciated.
I am pleased to convey the message that our relationship with the government, international partners and other stakeholders have been very good during the year. With our little effortILEP supported organizations working in Nepal has formed a consortium platform in the name of Nepal Partnership for Zero Leprosy, Neglected Tropical Disease and disability (NPZL-NTDD).
For our achievement, I would like to thank the Government authorities, all the international and national partners, well-wishers, co-workers and staff members for their consistent technical, financial and moral support given to NLR Nepal.