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 7 years including in leading role of the Nepal office from 1st March 2018. Since its establishment in 1977 NLR Nepal underwent through various strategic phases of health sector support before stepping towards the portfolio of disability-inclusive development from a leprosy focused 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. Board involvement has been increased and better understanding of the project, effective guidance and advise has been provided to CEO and other staffs. The Chair is participating in “Council of Chairs” meeting and is also guiding IF related activities. The NLR Nepal promotional activities needs to be focused keeping the Institutional Fundraising as top priority and some positive indication has already been observed.

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 2021 along with an additional SDR-PEP demonstration project that runs in other five provinces of Nepal. Our target for this SDR-PEP intervention in 28 districts including 5 additional districts out of NLR working area. 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 and further study to see the its impact has been planned in 2022.

We are working in line with the Nepal Government’s NTD roadmap (2021-2030) and the multi annual strategy prepared in the year 2019 for the 3 years 2020-2022. Based on the sketch of road map prepared during the in-depth review of Nepal leprosy programme in 2019, a final road map of leprosy has been developed and approved by Ministry of Health in early 2021. This road map will eventually be a part of National NTD road map of Nepal. NLR Nepal’s input was significant for this work. Moreover, suggestions received from NLR International Office was extremely important as well. Leprosy cases GIS mapping project is going well, and the result will be disseminated at the end of the year 2021.

I am delighted to be involved in GPZL as a country focal person and the member of country review tool working group. It is expected that the leprosy strategy development work will be completed in August 2021 followed by an action plan to be made with GPZL’s support during the last quarter of the year 2021.

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 effort ILEP 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.

Himalaya Sigdel
NLR Nepal