ICOM is working with Nepal Pain Relief and TUKI to find volunteers for their wonderful programme in Nepal. Following the devastating earthquake there in 2015, NPR was set up to establish pain relief stations in two evacuation centres in Pokhara, working with the British Gurkha Welfare Scheme. Since then, further pain relief stations have been created in order to offer Acupuncture and pain relief services to the most affected areas. A permanent clinic run by NPR and TUKI now operates in Charikot. Their vision is for this clinic to become a fully manned healthcare facility.
The clinic is currently staffed by volunteer Acupuncturists and last autumn, two of our 2019 Graduates, Anna-Marie Wakeling and Caroline Crowther travelled to Nepal to volunteer with Nepal Pain Relief and TUKI, taking with them suitcases packed full of donations from fellow colleagues and students. In Nepal they treated hundreds of patients over the course of six weeks. They took part in a video for Nepal Pain Relief here.
Trips to the clinic in Nepal are arranged once or twice a year, and are open to those who have just graduated from ICOM, or those with more experience working as an Acupuncturist. Volunteering with Nepal Pain Relief enables many more stricken people at the clinic to receive much-needed free treatment, when there is often little access to any other sort of health care. It also strengthens the compassion of our Graduates, providing them with incredible experience in providing pain relief to patients with a dire need for treatment for whole range of different conditions, often right at the very start of their careers.