About Us

History:

Immediately following the earthquake 2015, volunteers established pain relief stations in two evacuation centres in Pokhara working with the British Gurkha Welfare Scheme. Over a four week period two acupuncture practitioners conducted treatment days twice a week in each evacuation centre, treating between twenty and forty patients a day. Pain relief health camps were also run both within the British camp in Pokhara to treat staff and on an ad hoc basis for fellow relief workers.

A broad range of pain inducing conditions were treated with an overwhelmingly positive response on the part of both evacuees and fellow relief workers, along with clear clinical benefits, physically and emotionally.  It was during this pilot phase that the real need for a sustainable, ongoing efforts to establish a viable network of Pain Relief Stations (PRS) became evident. Numerous local healthcare providers and relief workers showed interest in learning techniques to alleviate pain, they were enthusiastically engaged and received basic training in massage and rudimentary but effective techniques.

Geneva Team:

Lucy Dean
President – lucy@nepalpainrelief.org

I’m Lucy, together with my husband Doshan and our international Rep Lianli, we established Nepal Pain Relief in 2015 after experiencing the 2015 earthquake and realising how valuable Chinese medicine and other pain relief services can be to the most affected areas.

Before working in Nepal I was a consultant in the WHO Traditional Medicine Unit, while also starting up my own clinic in Geneva. Since working between Nepal and Geneva I have been so moved by the amazing support of the patients in Geneva for our project.

In the coming years I hope the two clinics can keep developing and the Charikot clinic can become a fully manned healthcare facility.

Doshan Gurung
General Secretary – doshan@nepalpainreief.org

Journey Pradhan
Treasurer – journey@nepalpainrelief.org

Namaste, I’m Journey Pradhan. I have a B.A in International Relations from Webster University in Geneva and have been working in Nepal Pain Relief since 2015. It has been a pleasure working at NPR, providing pain relief services to people in need in my home country.

One of our aims is to promote healthy well-being in a developing country such as Nepal, where the majority of the population work with great challenges to physical and mental health. Additionally, I appreciate our international volunteer’s effort in healing the people of Nepal for a better life.

As treasurer, I am always looking for more sustainable funding opportunities and hope to make our Charikot a full time clinic.

Partners:

Our work to date:

Since NPR stared in 2015 we have created Pain Relief Stations (PRS) in the following places:

Charikot, Dolakha (March 2016) – TUKI Association
Initial set up, orientation for the permanent NPR clinic and five day health camp for TUKI staff and local people.


Kathmandu/Gorkha (June 2016 – August 2016) – Wellness Hospital
Volunteer project based in Kathmandu, developing hospital partnerships including field health camps in rural mountain areas including Gorkha.


Sindhupalchowk (May 2016 – June 2016) – Women for Peace and Democracy
Six week volunteer project in the field focusing delivering sustained patient centered pain relief allowing for repeat treatment and more longer lasting sustainable results.


Army Infantry Camp Kathmandu (August 2015)
Week end health camp offering pain relief services and support to infantry soldiers during intensive relief operations.


Panauti – Etay Namo Buddha School (July 2015- August 2015)
Pilot project post earthquake to develop protocols of safe practice, establish relations with the social welfare council and put into practice for NPR internal procedures.

Kaski Gurkha Welfare Trust, Residence Home and British Camp Staff (May 2015)
Short term health camps offering relief for both the staff of Gurkha Welfare Trust and their families to provide support during the intensive relief operations.


Thamudi, Pokhara (May – June 2015) – Gorkhas
Immediate response in the aftermath of the earthquake providing four weeks of trauma care in an evacuation setting.


Temple School Evacuation Centre, Pokhara (May – June 2015)
Immediate response in the aftermath of the earthquake providing four weeks of trauma care in an evacuation setting.


Gurkha Welfare Trust Kathmandu, (April 2015)
Reconnaissance expedition into Gorkha Epicentre region.

Future Plans:

We are in our third year, have treated more than 10,000 patients from the most affected districts, and have now established a permanent base in Nepal.

Working with the TUKI Rural Development Association in Dolakha, we have located a clinic space and conducted an orientation for the staff and members of the association while also running a five-day pilot clinic to develop local awareness.

November 2017 will see the first long term volunteered program in Dolakha, consisting of two volunteers for 6 weeks.

After the successful establishment of the permanent clinic, NPR will be exploring the following possibilities:

 

  • Providing local training in basic pain relief techniques
  • Providing broad ranging support beyond Chinese Medicine to support local communities in sustaining a better, healthier lifestyle. For example: yoga, meditation, nutritional support, addiction support and other manual therapies
  • Running outreach projects to bring pain relief services to remote communities

Conditions Treated:

From the pain relief work conducted in Nepal both prior to and during the recent earthquakes, we learnt that the following constitute the most prevalent and significant pain inducing conditions affecting the area:

Existing chronic pain conditions

Those most affected by the earthquake , have a host of chronic pain related conditions such as, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, vertebral compression, muscle fatigue, stroke, diabetes, gout, cervical spondylosis etc.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

There are significant gynaecological and obstetrics needs both with pre-existing pain conditions and with post-earthquake injuries. Numerous births are occurring both in the field and in the evacuation centres.

Post-operative pain

The evacuation centres are being used as primary hospital overflow centres. Evacuees discharged from hospitals arrive with recently caste broken limbs, broken ribs, post abdominal surgery, head wounds etc.

Minor injuries

Due  to  the  unstable  building  methods  used  in  mountainous  rural  Nepal,  the earthquake  resulted  in  significant  loose  debris  causing  numerous  minor  traumas.

Psychological and emotional pain

Those  suffering  from  physical  pain experience great psychological stress. When the physical pain is extreme and with no alleviation available  or  likely,  the  evacuee  begins  to  retract and  stop  integrating,  leading  to  deep psychological and emotional pain.

Exposure

Many  evacuees  have  been  left  unattended  to,  displaced  and  injured  for  extended periods of time even days.

Fatigue

Both evacuees and fellow relief workers are experiencing severe and prolonged fatigued with accompanying pain conditions, such as muscle and joint pain, lower back pain, headaches, anger and fear.