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Medlock Trust Sponsorhip to assist Gurkha Communities

12 Feb 11:00 by Martin Milsom

Member of the Gurkha Welfare Trust on Motorbike

The Medlock Charitable Trust has sponsored five motorbikes that will assist the Gurkha Welfare Trust in providing elderly and frail patients with the care that they need, when they need it.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust has been working in Nepal since 1969 to relieve poverty and distress among Gurkha veterans, their dependants and their communities.

Nepal is one of the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries in the world, it has an underdeveloped health service and, after the two major earthquakes in 2015, medical help is now even harder to find.

The Gurkha Welfare Trust delivers a Medical Programme which provides free medical care to Gurkha veterans and their dependants. The team includes 12 Mobile Doctors and 12 District Nurses who make home visits to provide medical care for the most vulnerable and frail members of the Gurkha community.

The five motorbikes will dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes the medical staff to visit their patients. A high proportion of patients live in remote villages with poor or no road access. Motorbikes are able to traverse terrain inaccessible by other vehicles and a visit that previously required three to four days trek on foot can now be done in a matter of hours.