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2023 Bursary Reports

We were delighted to receive the reports from this years bursary winners Dr Nabinraj Gautam and Dr Abishesh Shakya which can be found below: Dr Nabinraj Gautam Dr Abishesh Shakya For more information on previous bursary recipients and on how to ap...

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Ann Dingle FRCS

It is with great sadness that we heard that Ann had passed away a few days ago. Ann has been a tremendous supporter of EAN. She came on INF ear camps well before EAN became a registered charity. The photo of her was taken in her kitchen at the gar...

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Interview with Online Khabar News

Mike discusses the history and current work of the Ear Centre [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPjaZnnpZHg[/embed]...

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Medicine in The Mountains - How a Dream Became a Hospital

This inspirational book, written by David Hawker (anaesthetist), Ellen Findlay (Nursing sister and organiser) and Mike Smith (surgeon) chronicles the many medical camps they participated in and ran in Nepal for over 25 years eventually leading to the...

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Newsletter – December 2021

Merry Christmas everyone! The past year has been another difficult one for all of us but we have good news from Ear Aid Nepal and some interesting developments to inform you about. CLICK HERE to download and read the newsletter...

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Cochlear Implant Update

Update - Dukchung and his cochlear implant Dukchung is a young boy that we supported for fitting of a cochlear implant a few years ago. He lost all his hearing after a viral infection. He comes from a very remote mountain community in north east Nepa...

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EAN's latest Newsletter

Ear Aid Nepal Newsletter Feb 2021 COVID in Nepal Since the last Ear Aid Nepal Newsletter the world has been turned upside down as we are all too well aware. COVID-19 has significantly affected everyone’s lives and has impacted upon our work at th...

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World Hearing Day 2021

World Hearing Day is every year on 3rd March.  ...

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From Camps to Cochlear Implants

Presentation made at the 3 yearly British Academic Conference of Otolaryngology (BACO), January 2021 in the Global ENT section. describes the history and current work of the ear services of INF and Ear Aid Nepal through camps and the ear centre in...

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12th SAARC ENT CONGRESS

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"Dr Mike" Tours The Ear Hospital

"Dr Mike" Smith tours the Ear Hospital in a new short video made by a visiting friend. ...

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EAN Bursary Winners' Reports

In November we welcomed our second Ear Aid Nepal Educational Bursary winners: Dr Nabin and Dr Shrestha, both ENT surgeons in Kathmandu. The two young Doctorsrs attended an advanced ear surgery course in Dundee and then spent a week working with our c...

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A Cochlear Implant for a Young Boy

The story of Dukchung Lama. Up to July 2018 We have parental permission to publish these details about Dukchung’s loss of hearing and the help that Ear Aid Nepal was able to provide. Dukchung belongs to a small Tibetan type people group called t...

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EXCITING NEWS from the Ear Hospital, April 2018

Lots of exciting things have been happening in recent weeks! Reception area, patients waiting to be seen in out-patients. The 3rd March each year is WHO World Hearing Day. The INF Ear Services Team organised a rally, walking through the streets...

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NEWS from Pokhara, December 2017

Greetings to all, After the monsoon the mountains have been wonderfully clear in Pokhara and the views spectacular. The INF Ear Centre in Pokhara has been hectic in recent months. In November there were 62 ear operations. Amongst these were 2...

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RETURN TO NEPAL - NEWS FROM THE FRONT

May/June 2017 Mike and Fiona returned to Pokhara at the beginning of May. At that time there was still no certainty of a work visa, however Mike was pleased to be able to take leave from his locum at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birm...

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HURRAH - MIKE GETS HIS VISA!!

After a very, very, very long wait, Mike Smith's visa finally comes through enabling him to continue his work in earnest!...

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96 DOCTORS ATTEND EAR HOSPITAL SOL CONFERENCE

On three days from 16-18th February 2017 we were delighted to help run the Society of Otolaryngologist’s of Nepal (SOL) biennial ENT conference in Pokhara. The conference alternates between Kathmandu and other cities. About one year ago we reque...

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SEVEN THOUSAND AND SIX!!

In February 2017 the staff at the Ear Centre were excited to realise that they had just seen their 7,006th new patient since opening in November 2015! Many have retuned for follow up, so the total number of consultations and out-patient procedures is...

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SOL LAUNCHES EAN BURSARY

The Society of Otolaryngologists of Nepal has announced the EAN Otology Bursary. On the occasion of 8th National Conference of Society of Otolaryngologists of Nepal held on 17-18th February 2017 in Pokhara, Dr. Michael C F Smith on behalf of INF...

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1st COMMUNITY EAR CARE CONFERENCE

(L to R) Mr Ashish (audiologist), Miss Sandra Eisner (audiologist and speech therapist) Dr Mike Smith, Dr Nirmal Thapa (ENT surgeon) The 1st Community Ear Care in Nepal Conference was held over two days at a hotel in Kathmandu in November 2016. ...

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY EHTC

Namaste and Greetings from Nepal! Today is the 3rd of November, it is very important day for us because our dream project the EHTC was opened on 3rd November 2015. So it is a first BIRTH DAY OF EHTC. Still the situation not very helpful to...

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GLOBAL HEALTH PRIZE WINNER

Mr Mahmood Bhutta DPhil FRCS (ORL-HNS), (currently Otology Fellow at Royal Perth Hospital, Australia and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia), has won the 2016 MJA, MDA National, Nossal Global Health Prize. This was for...

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A FUND-RAISING BIRTHDAY

A 60th Birthday Party to raise funds for Ear Aid Nepal Rosanita Gargarita is an ear, nose and throat theatre nurse working at University Hospital, Birmingham. She has volunteered at an Ear Aid Nepal ear camp and has first hand experience of the work...

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EVERYTHING IN THE GARDEN'S LOOKING ROSY

The garden is being planted - all we need now is lots of rain to get the grass growing! For an aerial view of how things are progressing, take a look here. Eka Dev's Notebook We're introducing something new, Eka Dev's Notebook. From time to time Ek...

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AFTER 20 MONTHS OF CONSRUCTION, THE EAR HOSPITAL IS OPEN!!

The day everyone has been waiting for finally arrived on Tuesday 3rd November 2015. Ann Dingle reports from the Ear Hospital Dedication and Inauguration Ceremony: It has taken years of dedicated fundraising and many months of hard work, but on ...

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ANY DAY NOW

From the front line ... I have bought a few items for the hospital - bedding, towels, buckets and brushes! We have made sticky labels with the Ear Aid Nepal logo and are fixing these onto items Ear Aid Nepal will have paid for. We are also embroid...

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OPENING SOON - EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

With only days to go here are some pictures of the new hospital sent in by Peder Ericsson. All that's left now is fitting out, doctors, nurses, volunteers, administrators ... and patients! Click this link for a detailed look around....

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5 WEEKS IN AND JUST 2 TO GO!!

Fiona and I have been back in Nepal for just over 5 weeks. After cultural and language revision and update sessions in Kathmandu we moved to Pokhara. In monsoon times (June till beginning of October) it can be hot and very humid, this year is no e...

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FIONA and MIKE

Fiona and Mike are now in Kathmandu. They are busy with language study and orientation and as they both speak Nepali that will not be hard work for them. They are due to move to Pokhara in a few days time on 15 August 2015 when they will be house-hun...

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LATEST PICTURES FROM THE HOSPITAL

Unfortunately the webcam link is still down but Eka Dev has just sent through these great pictures showing what tremendous progress has been made!! Not long now ... ...

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MIKE SMITH'S NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RADIO REPORT

Listen to Mike Smith on Hereford Radio describing the earthquake's aftermath....

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ROOFING URGENTLY NEEDED

Dear All, Namaste and greetings. Recently, we visited different VDC of Gorkha, Dhading, Makwanpur, Tanahu, Myagdi, Baglung and Parwat districts (you can download the full report here). People are slowly getting back to their normal life. Since...

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INF EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE

From Mike Smith ... I have had several mails and documents about the INF and camps team coordinated response to the emergency, they are doing a great job as best they can in terrible situation....

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SWISS PRESS REPORTS

The Swiss Press carried the following reports (click images to read) from EarAidNepal volunteers Mercedes and Hans Ogal: ...

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AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

Tom Martin reports on the scene in Kathmandu after the earthquake ... I arrived in Kathmandu last night (Tuesday 28 April 2015) after an extremely productive ear camp in Rolpa District with over 1,100 patients treated. We had been in Pokhara at t...

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DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE HITS NEPAL

An earthquake with magnitude 7.8 occurred near Lamjung, Nepal at 06:11:26 UTC on Apr 25, 2015 BBC News / / World News Reports From Mercedes Ogal 27 April 2015 Our thoughts are with the INF team which is on its way to the epicentre in Gorkha,...

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Rolpa Ear Camp underway

Reports just in say that the 12 strong team have arrived in a wet Kathmandu with high spirits and full stomachs ready to fly out to Butwal (https://goo.gl/maps/rRZ0P about 260km from Katmandu) and keen to get to started!! We look forward to more ...

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Jumla Ear Camp Report

A large multinational group flew into Jumla two days after arriving in Kathmandu. It was rewarding to make such quick progress across Nepal as such remote areas are not always as accessible. Jumla sits in a wide open valley with fabulous views of the...

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JUST FOR THE RECORD

From Eka Dev on the last day of the Pyuthan ear camp: 1,235 patients in OPD 704 hearing tests performed 234 hearing aids fitted and 175 operations INF Pyuthan Ear Camp Report - 2014 All the patients are well and the team is very happy! ...

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REPORT FROM PYUTHAN

Mike Smith's report from Pyuthan just in ... We are on day 7 with 3 more full days to go. Still seeing at least 150 out patients a day and over 20 ops every day. I operated on an 8 year old girl yesterday with really bad infection throughout her m...

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SINGING IN THE RAIN

PYUTAN CAMP GETS UNDERWAY The team arrived at Pyuthan after a good flight to Bhairawa then 5 hours drive on a very winding but good tarmac road. They settled in to their village hotels after a Dal Bhat curry with the electricity going on and off....

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DIGGING THE FOUNDATIONS GETS STARTED

The excavators have arrived and work has started on digging the foundations for the new Ear Hospital! You can follow progress on our webcam here Thanks to Peder Eriksson for the pictures...

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POKHARA EAR CAMP BREAKS RECORDS AND LAYS FOUNDATIONS

The Anglo-Swiss Team The Nepali Team Pokhara Ear Camp A group of 33 people including the local Nepali team ran a highly efficient camp that helped 1,370 patients, more than on any previous camp we have held. Surgery (186 operations), outpa...

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SUFFOLK TO KATHMANDU BY BIKE

A huge thank you to everyone who took part, assisted and supported the 'Ride for Nepal - 24 hour challenge' over the weekend, making it such a success. More than 30 riders took part, covering a total distance of over 4100 miles (6600 km) between t...

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GOING, GOING and NEARLY GONE

Team EAN on the final recce last weekend The first 'Ride for Nepal - 24 hour Challenge' will get underway at 6pm on Friday 21st June. Over 40 riders will be taking part in the event in Suffolk on the longest day of the year. If you'd like to f...

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EVER WONDERED WHAT IT'S LIKE

Joy Rosenberg recently volunteered for the Chainpur Ear Camp. While there, she made a wonderfully atmospheric video slide show, with accompanying haunting Nepali music, that'll transport you to Nepal and back in 15 minutes.Click below to see the s...

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FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT

Mike Smith reporting from Chainpur, Nepal We are all fine and busy, 19 operations yesterday and about 150 out-patients each day. Today is Nepali new year 2070 so not sure yet, but it may be a quiet day in out-patients. Lots of operations to do tho...

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EAR CAMPERS FLY OUT

Chainpur 2013 Ear Camp got underway with the largest ever contingent of 14 volunteers flying out from Heathrow last night. Stay tuned for more news in the days to come. Let's hope the surgeons have steadier hands than this photographer's!...

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RUGGED RIDERS RECCE ROUTE

Tom Martin and his brother Will went to Suffolk to ride the route for the EarAidNepal Suffolk 300 and ran into serious snow and probably the worst weather in late March for some time! This is Will battling through the snow and mud. We can't guarantee...

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CYCLE CHALLENGE gathers pace

Plans for the cycle ride due to take place on June 21/22 are racing ahead and a route has now been mapped out in the beautiful Suffolk countryside near Aldeburgh. Intrepid cyclists raising money for Ear Aid Nepal will take on challenges of varying...

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JOHN OLIVIER'S AT IT AGAIN - LET'S GIVE HIM A GREAT SEND-OFF!!

Hereford Half Marathon - Sunday 12th May 2013 Hi all, spring is here and I have just started training again. This is probably the last time I will be asking everybody to sponsor me so please, please make an effort (if you work for HCS/BBC&S CSU)...

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APRIL 2013 EAR CAMP - Full details now posted

The April 2013 Ear Camp will take place in Chainpur, Bajhang District, from 7th - 19th April 2013. Click here to download the full details. ...

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BAJHANG, CHAINPUR - NEWS FOR VOLUNTEERS

Namaste from Bajhang, Chainpur! Reconnaissance for next Ear Camp. We arrived here in Chainpur this morning (22/1/2013) at 11 am. We met some ear post op patients from 2009 camp. They are all happy and we are welcome again by them as well as by ...

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VOLUNTEER AUDIOLOGISTS URGENTLY NEEDED

We are looking for one or two volunteer audiologists for a charitable ear camp in Nepal this April. The International Nepal Fellowship has run these ear camps in remote areas of Nepal twice a year since 1993. We have an excellent local Nepali team...

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EarAidNepal CYCLE CHALLENGE

In June, TOM MARTIN will be cycling 300 miles to raise money for the Ear Aid Nepal appeal: he hopes to do it with at least 50 other keen cyclists and for it to be a bit more fun than it sounds! This is what he says: I’m a keen cyclist and wanted...

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ANIMATED VIDEO OF THE NEW HOSPITAL ...

The new Hospital in 3D! From architect's drawings, Luke Smith has created a terrific virtual aerial tour and fly-through of the new hospital! Check it out here: Take an aerial tour of the new hospital! [siteorigin_widget class="WP_Widget_Media_V...

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THE LONELINESS OF THE 10K RUNNER ...

Running to support the Ear Hospital! John Olivier from Hereford UK will shortly be doing the Wye Valley New Year’s Day 10k run and is seeking sponsors to support the Ear Hospital. We wish him well because he had a bad fall on a run this summer so ...

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1,215 PATIENTS AND COUNTING ...

Burtibang, Western Region, Nepal, 26 November 2012 We are at the end of our 7th day of the ear camp in a village 9 hours by Land Rover from the nearest town - a very, very bumpy off-road track all the way. We are seeing about 200 outpatients pe...

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EAR CAMP GETS UNDERWAY

Kathmandu, 18 November 2012 Today we had meetings with JSA, the ear hospital architects and engineers, and spent 2 hours looking at the near complete architectural drawings. The soil test drillings were very satisfactory, the ground is very stable...

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STEERING GROUP - INAUGURAL MEETING

On Sunday 4th November the steering group of Ear Aid Nepal met in Bristol to discuss the hospital development including business and financial planning, governance, and project management. These issues will all be raised again, at meetings with INF a...

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BBC NEWS INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SMITH

Listen to the interview here See other press reports here...

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AUTOCLAVE / LED THEATRE LIGHTS NEEDED

Ear Hospital equipment sources needed Good quality autoclave. Operating theatre lights (LED if possible). Equipment needed...

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VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - APRIL 2013

Audiologist volunteers required for upcoming ear camps. Two volunteers are still needed for the ear camp in April 2013. (6-21/04/2013). Link to volunteer pages...

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DATES OF NEXT CAMPS

Winter 2012 Volunteer travel dates 16/11/2012 - 1/12/2012 Camp place Burtibang, Baglung district, western region, nepal Camp medical treatment runs from 20/11/2012 - 28/11/2012 Spring 2013 Travel dates 6-21/4/2013 Place to be confir...

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HOSPITAL DEVELOPMENT

Site survey took place this week (26/9/12) Soil testing due shortly. The Pokhara valley base especially in its southern end around the hospital site is composed of a mix of sand, small and very large boulders. Problems with other buildings in the to...

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