The hard work of accepting patients with complex spinal cord injuries continues at SIRC. The presence of Professor Taslim Uddin from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation BSMMU, Dhaka has been of tremedous help, providing guidance and senior expertise to the young SIRC doctors. Professor Uddin returns home to Dhaka this weekend.
As Professor Uddin departs, the arrival of Prof Fary Khan and team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital is welcomed. Their visits overlap to ensure a handover of knowledge and continuity of service. Professor Khan is the Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the hospital and leads her team to provide consult support and coaching for the SIRC staff in the areas of medical care, as well as physio and occupational therapy. Welcome Professor Khan and team!
Esha (SIRC executive director) is as usual run off her feet – being SIRC’s representative at the various coordination meetings in Kathmandu with the government ministries and aid agencies. But she always returns to SIRC to check on the patients.
It’s not all serious at SIRC though, Madan Krishna Shrestha & Haribamsha Acharya – the comedic duo MaHaJodi came for a visit! This duo are hugely popular in Nepal, anyone and everyone knows of their sketches and we are fortunate they sit on the SIRC board. Madan and Hari visited SIRC yesterday, much to the delight of the patients.
And keeping with the SIRC link, check out this news clip featuring Kanak Mani Dixit, co-founder of SIRC, journalist and activist in an interview on the salvage of culturally important buildings in Kathmandu. Taken from Canada’s national TV station CBC – The National news show. CBC the National news clip
And more reports from the many folks I met while living in Nepal. You will remember it was Lok’s home I stayed in during my 5-months in Banepa. Lok’s daughter Nicol and a group of friends are doing some amazing work, getting into hard-to-reach places, providing tarps, sacks of rice, spices, oil, lentils, sugar, flour etc.
Some photos from Nicol when she visisted Chainpur in the Nuwakot district. It is just 80km from Kathmandu but her group were the first aid group the village had seen.
It is Mother’s Day in many countries around the world today – so Happy Mother’s Day to these young mothers in Chainpur. And Happy Mother’s Day to Nicol who is mum to a son and daughter herself. You are an inspiration.