Promise Nepal is a UK registered charity dedicated to eliminating leprosy in Nepal
We are working to eliminate leprosy in Nepal, to educate the world about this forgotten disease and to empower those people whose lives have been effected by it.
Founded in 2002 by Dr. Maggie Burgess, we are a group of key health professionals who give up our time and our medical expertise for free. Every penny donated by the public to Promise Nepal is spent directly on the fight against leprosy to help those who need it most. We have no operational overheads and any occasional administrative or running costs are met personally by our founder.
To relieve sickness and to protect and preserve public health in Nepal and its neighbouring territories, in particular but not exclusively for the benefit of persons suffering from leprosy.
We intend to accomplish our aims by:
- Assisting in the provision and maintenance of hospitals, health centres and clinics.
- Assisting in the provision of work-based and recreational activities in order that the sick may be physically and socially rehabilitated.
- Providing support and assistance for health education initiatives.
We work closely with Anandaban Hospital, supporting their work with leprosy-affected people by funding stand-alone projects like new surgical equipment, an extension to the physiotherapy room or specialist medical training. We also provide ongoing funding for Anandaban's two monthly satellite clinics - going out into remote rural communities to find and treat new cases of leprosy. You can read more about our work with Anandaban Hospital and our other partners here.
Reconstructive Surgery and Rehabilitation
With reconstructive surgery and physiotherapy, many sufferers regain partial or full use of their limbs. Promise Nepal facilitates programs that teach skills to enable people to become self-reliant. With Promise Nepal's help, leprosy-affected people have been able to set up businesses manufacturing textiles, farming mushrooms and producing briquette fuel, helping them to earn their livelihoods again. We also support purpose-built homes and villages where their special needs are met.
Education and Training
Promise Nepal supports the continuing medical education of local medics, helping them remain abreast of best practices. We facilitate visits by eminent surgeons, who not only perform reconstructive surgeries, but also pass on their knowledge to fellow surgeons working with leprosy sufferers in Nepal. For instance, Promise Nepal introduced hand surgeon, Dr. Donald Sammut FRCS (Plastic Surgery) to the country and today, he continues to work extensively with leprosy-affected people, transforming their lives.
Promise Nepal also educates the children of leprosy-affected people and encourages those who are committed to helping eliminate leprosy.
We provide financial assistance to individuals who will dedicate themselves to leprosy elimination as Public Health specialists, doctors, qualified nurses, laboratory technicians, and training and advocacy officers. We sponsor advocates to attend global seminars and workshops on leprosy management.
Additionally, Promise Nepal runs a volunteer program for medical students from the UK and Dr. Burgess awards her own Travel Scholarship which contributes to the travel expenses of successful candidates with an interest in leprosy.
Inform Educate and Communicate (IEC) Initiatives
Even in the 21st Century, there are still many misconceptions about the cause of leprosy. Given the cultural taboos associated with the disease, it is important to create awareness amongst the general population to dispel the innumerable myths surrounding it. Promise Nepal seeks to inform, educate and communicate (IEC) facts about leprosy.
Promise Nepal enables the training of scouts and school children to recognise the disease. Spreading awareness is of vital importance, not only for getting sufferers to seek treatment but also to mainstream leprosy sufferers and leprosy survivors back into society.