We’re excited to introduce a new link in Nepal, the Baglung Nagarpalika Health Section.  This is the 28th link we have provided to Nepal. Through the link with SCT, Baglung will be able to send referrals to our consultants worldwide using telemedicine.

Baglung is situated in western Nepal, 275km from Kathmandu, with a population of around 58,000; it also encompasses the area of mid-Kali Gandaki for healthcare, education and business purposes.

As you can see from the picture of the main office, precautions are being taken seriously in respect of Covid-19. There is currently a high risk of community transmission in Baglung.

The centre in Baglung will be headed by a doctor, 20 nurses and 30 paramedics with the facility for 20 beds.  There is a basic laboratory, and the ability to do rapid diagnostic testing and ECG’s.

London Marathon 2021

Kunjan Gurung has very kindly volunteered to run for the SCT in the Virgin Money London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 3 October. Kunjan, who is a Health Practitioner, is the son of Lieutenant Kusang Gurung from Khalte, in Nepal. We have close links to Khalte which is where Char Bhanjhang Centre for Health (Swinfen House) is located.  Kunjan says he’s looking forward to the experience: “Thank you for giving me such a lifetime experience to run this year London Marathon 2021. Especially a charity that is very close to my motherland and people that need our support!”  THANK YOU, KUNJAN!

We will let you know further details about how you can donate to Kunjan’s fundraising effort as soon as possible. Kunjan – you’re a legend!


We’re delighted to introduce a new link in Kazakhstan, the International Medical Center in Almaty.

Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city, set in the foothills of the Trans-lli Alatau mountains.  It was the capital of Kazakhstan until 1997 and has a population of approximately 2 million people.

The IMC is a family medical centre with two practice locations; IMC has 7 doctors (including trainees) and 4 nurses, providing multidisciplinary medical care that meets Western medical standards. 

The Center offers ultrasound, EKG, an outpatient clinic and referrals for CT, MRI scans and other imaging requests, with referrals to Specialists if necessary.

Char Bhanjyang Centre for Health, Khalte, Nepal

2021 has been busy so far for Char Bhanjyang Centre for Health (Swinfen House). 

Miss Prarthana Pun has joined the Clinic and is an experienced Health Assistant, qualified in Radiology and X-Rays. Prarthana has now joined the SCT telemedicine referral system. Her assistant is Miss Punam Pariwar. The centre was established in 2013 and to date has seen around 20,000 patients.

A new compound fence has been placed around the clinic, including very smart new entrance gates. The fence was made possible by financing from the local government.

And on Good Friday, 2nd April, the clinic held a free health camp. A total of 160 patients were seen, including Dental appointments, ECG’s, Ultrasounds and X-Rays.  It is difficult for those of us who can easily make an appointment to see our local Doctor, to imagine that these patients may have walked for hours to get to the Char Bhanjyang Centre for Health.  Certificates were given out to local volunteers and consultants in appreciation for their contributions.  Photos have kindly been provided with permission from Chandra Gurung.

By Georgina Liley

(Georgina Liley is the eldest daughter of Pat and Roger Swinfen and runs the social media for the Trust. Georgina has been involved with the Trust since it’s inception and was a speaker at the 4th International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth, Brisbane, 2004).

Pilot Telemedicine Study in Dhading Province, Nepal

UK’s NRN’s advance drive for running telemedicine service in Dhading

LONDON:- The United Kingdom-based Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) have come forward with a drive to operate telemedicine service in Dhading. The Swinfen Charitable Trust has lent full support to the service which is provided through telephone and internet.

Lord Roger Swinfen is the Director and Lady Pat Swinfen is the Co-Director of the Trust. The philanthropic Trust has been providing health consultancy services in 78 countries across the globe through a network of 800 doctors and experts. Princess Anne is the patron of the Trust.

In this connection, a stakeholders’ discussion was held on Saturday regarding the operation of telemedicine service in remote area of Dhading – Rubi Valley, Gangajamuna, Khaniyabas and Netrabati Dembjong rural municipality. Among the present at the discussion organized under the aegis of the UK Chapter of NRNA and coordinated by ICC member Ramsharan Simkhada were Trust Director and Co-Director, Dhading’s Member of Parliament, Khem Lohani, Province Assembly member Jagat Bahadur Simkhada, NRNA UK Chair Punam Gurung, Parbat Falebas municipality Mayor Padampani Sharma, Katherine Davies, Trustee Major Hugh Bardell, Dhading Nuwakot Society UK chair CB Tamang, General Secretary Dhana Tamang, and advisor Major Bishnu Ghale.

A steering committee was also formed under the leadership of ICC member Simkhada following the discussion. Also included in the committee are NRNA UK chapter chair Gurung, Lieutenant Chandra Gurung, Dhana Tamang of Dhading Nuwakot Society UK and senior vice-president of International Dhading Society Dinesh Tamang.

Coordinator Simkhada shared that the Society has set a target to initiate telemedicine service with a plan of actions within a week. The service would come into operation once the necessary basic infrastructure such as electricity, mobile, computer and internet are available.

Also on the occasion, federal and provincial lawmakers of Dhading had pledged to facilitate all types of support required to operate the service. Local people’s representatives also expressed readiness to shoulder up responsibility of physical structures so as to expand the service in other rural municipalities of northern Dhading.

It may be noted that the Swinfen telemedicine service has been operational in four Bhanjyang areas of Parbat for the past eight years. This is so far the first of its kind service of Swinfen in Nepal. However, this is also available in other parts of the Himalayan country.

At the programme, adviser to the Charbhanjyang Tamu Society Major Krishna Gurung, Captain Deu Gurung and Haru Gurung also shared their experience about their projects.

(Original article kindly translated by Hari Gurung from Tilicho News)