Monday 20 May, 2019         

Testimonials

Dr. Neshan Rai

I was a recent MPH graduate with some experience in clinical practice and none in public health sector when I joined BNMT for their internship program. Getting started in a work environment that was different from what I was used to was a daunting task for me. However, I soon realized that I had been worried for nothing. From the very first day the staff at BNMT Nepal treated me with such compassion and acceptance that it really took me by surprise at how fast my time there had gone by.

 

BNMT’s IMPACT TB program has shown an impressive resulting finding and treating active TB cases in Nepal. It was a great opportunity to be able to learn from the team that is making it happen. Besides this, I was actively involved in field activities. One memorable activity I have is of filming for a project. Our team along with the actors and camera crew went around Kathmandu looking for the best spots to film. That was a fun and a new experience for me.

 

I was also fortunate enough to attend training and workshop on research, which was quite fruitful as I am very interested in research. I attended a seminar on qualitative research, as well as a Focus Group Discussion on Tuberculosis with national and international stakeholders, which was very informative. At BNMT’s central office, I was mostly working under resource mobilization team learning about writing reports, proof reading, and planning projects. I was involved in writing grant proposals as well. I learnt about developing concepts for proposal, planning out the project and about what made good contents. I also learnt about budget planning and how it is the most crucial aspect of a proposal. On a regular day, I would be part of the team and we would put our heads together exploring ideas on projects, scrutinizing over every aspect and discussing on them. These exercises always made me come out more knowledgeable at the end of the day.

 

The supportive and encouraging environment at BNMT always pushed me towards aiming higher. When the time came, as enthusiastic as I was about leaving BNMT to get started in a place where I would be able to utilize all the knowledge and skills I’d amassed during my internship there, I couldn’t help feeling mushy about it. I am extremely grateful to everyone at BNMT for providing me with such fond memories, the office staff who took their time to teach me every little and big things that helped me improve upon myself, the kitchen staff who were kind enough to cook for us everyday (they make the best milk tea I have ever had!), the security staff for always being around to help with anything,and the driving staff for taking us around for training, workshops and seminars. As I am in my current job, I have a lot to thank BNMT for equipping me with the knowledge and skills, which have helped me tremendously here.


Dr. Neema Lama
My time as an intern at BNMT Nepal has positively affected both my professional and personal life. I would like to thank Executive Director, Suman Chandra Gurung and Dr. Maxine Caws for their guidance and giving me a strong foundation of knowledge. I will forever be grateful to all the amazing staff who gave me an environment to blossom and expand my skill set. This internship has been an excellent work experience whilst complementing my academic interests. I couldn't recommend BNMT more highly.




Sarah Gregory

My name is Sarah Gregory and I have recently completed an internship with BNMT Nepal. I have had a life changing experience working alongside passionate, hard-working and ambitious people that give their lives to supporting the development of Nepal. This is my first time in the country and it definitely won’t be my last. I have been welcomed with open-arms, by not only everyone I work with, but also by the various communities I have had the pleasure of visiting. I was stationed in Hetauda, a busy town in the district of Makwanpur, working with members of BNMT’s IMPACT TB project. As a BA Geography student, I have a particular interest in Nepal’s accessibility to health, how health fluctuates alongside Nepal’s various demographics and people’s attitude to health in rural and urban communities. I soon realised that my interest in mapping the physical accessibility of Nepal’s indigenous groups would be a challenge due to the lack of an established transport infrastructure.  The country’s topography holds breath-taking natural beauty, but accessibility can be challenging. At the beginning of my placement, I developed an interest in the Chepang Community, one of the most marginalised groups in Nepal. I spoke to my colleagues about arranging a visit to the hills and next thing I know … off we go. After a 7-hour trek, we eventually made it to a small Chepang Community. The people live in houses made of clay, wood and stone and rely on small livestock as their greatest currency. Without the support from BNMT, I’m not sure I’d ever of had the privilege of seeing a lifestyle so far from my own. It had been inspiring watching my colleagues interact with a remote group like the Chepang's. Throughout my placement BNMT staff spoke with great passionate amongst various communities whilst establishing active-case finding for TB. I will take a lot home from the professionalism, compassion and ambition of the BNMT staff.


Bikram Bucha and Saurya Dhungel

BPH fourth year students

Maharajgunj Medical Campus, IOM. 


Getting internship at BNMT Nepal, one of the esteemed NGOs built on the foundation of BNMT UK with the history of serving the people of Nepal since 1967 began with full of excitement, a bit of nervousness but very hopeful for lots of learning experiences and networking to become public health professionals, a career we wanted to pursue. Indeed, the four months internship at BNMT offered us many new learning experiences and professional networking and the opportunities to enhance our skills and knowledge. For the first three months placement at Makawanpur regional office, we were directly involved in the implementation of European Union funded IMPACT TB Project, and Wellcome Seed Award Project in all four implementing districts at Makawanpur, Chitwan, Dhanusha and Mahottari.


We consider ourselves fortunate to have been involved as equal to staff in every training, workshops, meetings, field activities and day to day office activities. The field experiences including microscopic camps at Raiguan and Shikharpur at Makwanpur, interviewing costing questionnaires to TB patients at Chitwan, health institutional visits at Mahottari,  Dhanusha  and Chitwan proved to be instrumental in understanding the health system functioning in new federal government of Nepal. We also got the opportunity to enhance our creativity and writing skills by assisting in writing BNMT Annual report 2017/18, developing concept and ideas for proposal and writing the proposal itself with the team in the central office. In addition, we also conducted a learning project on improving knowledge and attitude on TB by using Mithila Art under IEC activities of IMPACT TB project at Dhanusha which enhanced our skills on project management cycle. For this, we developed IEC materials using Mithila Art and established IEC corners in three health facilities.


All of this couldn’t have been possible without the support and guidance of entire BNMT team from central to the district. The guidance, full support, warm and friendly nature of the entire BNMT team always motivated us to learn more, work hard and perform better. The professional networking with the professionals from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, and the entire BNMT team will always be a guidance in the days to come. We are very grateful to have worked in BNMT with such wonderful team and gained invaluable learning experiences.


We are very thankful to BNMT Nepal for accepting us as interns and developing us as public health professionals. The internship at BNMT will surely be a stepping stone in our career as public health professional.


Practicum Reflections at BNMT Nepal
We are a fourth year student of Bachelors in Public Health at Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Institute of Medicine. We recently completed our four and half month practicum at BNMT. As interns, we were involved in various field activities of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) program, planning, development of monitoring and evaluation plan, designing training manuals and data management for baseline surveys (including designing database, data editing, coding, entry and analysis) of post- earthquake projects from americares and Big Lottery Fund (BLF) (with comprehensive programs on Health Facilities Reconstruction, WASH, MHPSS and DRR). We also got an opportunity to enhance our writing skills by assisting in organization’s report writings and also through development of concepts and proposals with the resource mobilization team. In addition, we conducted a learning project on dealing with academic stress among adolescent students under MHPSS program of BNMT along with the psychosocial counsellors. Moreover, BNMT included us even in the MHPSS training programs.

Throughout our entire time at BNMT, we found the organization very welcoming and supportive. The guiding and cordial nature of all the staffs at BNMT helped us learn more about the organizational behavior and functioning. We feel fortunate for having worked with the organization and the learnings we have obtained through this invaluable experience have now made us quite ready to work effectively anywhere we go after our undergraduate.

Thank you BNMT for having us here and letting us learn and apply our knowledge without hesitance. We wish the organization all the best for its future endeavors.




Maya Lanze Lama

During the eight weeks of my internship, between 2nd May to 24th June, 2016. I had the opportunity to take part in various public health projects organized by BNMT Nepal. This included psychosocial counselling sessions (MHPSS) in local schools and women’s groups around Kathmandu, as well as health camps and water & sanitation (WASH) projects in Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot districts. I went on project sites with program coordinators and other staff members, which enabled me to work with different people in different contexts and learn more about these projects while providing my assistance. I also took part in report writing for field activities and proofreading the organization’s reports. On the other side, I conducted a study for a needs assessment on cerebral palsy in Nepal and visited various organizations working in the sector in order to map the services available. I also conducted interviews with parents of children with cerebral palsy with the help and guidance of one of BNMT’s counsellor, Ms. Aroja Maskey. Through all of this, I was able to develop and improve my professional skills, as well as my Nepali!

Overall, this internship was an invaluable learning experience as I was given the opportunity to take part in almost every aspect of the organization’s projects, which gave me a better understanding of how things work and a greater confidence to work in the development sector someday. I would like to thank everyone at BNMT Nepal for this opportunity and for welcoming me to the team for these eight weeks.




Anna Grace TribbleAnna Grace Tribble

My name is Anna Grace Tribble. I am an American anthropology student in my last year at university in North Carolina. I worked with BNMT on research for my Senior Honors Thesis in Anthropology. BNMT was the best organization with which to work because of the personnel resources they had to offer. I studied the chain of communication between the DTLOs, the FCHV, and their communities in the districts of Dhanusa and Mahottari. I specifically studied the more urban work of the FCHV in the large municipalities of Janakpur and Jaleshwor. I was able to interview FCHV who were and were not involved in TB Reach. After many interviews and surveys, I am working to understand the gaps in knowledge about tuberculosis between each level. While there is still knowledge that needs to be shared, the FCHV and the communities where I worked strongly associate TB with the biomedical sphere of medicine, a huge victory compared to years past. BNMT Nepal made my research possible!


Dr Ruth Eyres and Dr Nicola DearnleyDr Ruth Eyres and Dr Nicola Dearnley

Nicola and I are junior doctors who have completed two years of foundation training in the UK. Both of us are interested in international health and infectious disease so we decided to take a year out of training to gain experience in this. We were offered an internship in Nepal with BNMT Nepal through Dr Gillian Holdsworth as a chance to experience International Public Health and the role with infectious diseases, in particular Tuberculosis (TB). We have both travelled a great deal but neither of us had been to Nepal before so we jumped at this opportunity.  Whilst in Nepal, with the support of the BNMT team, we worked on finding novel ways to improve Tuberculosis case finding in Nepal. We then created brief concept ideas which could be put forward for funding from international donors. The experience was excellent and we have both learned a great deal. Thank you BNMT!

Working with BNMT has helped us understand how International Funding is applied in Nepal. It great to see all the hard work that is being done to eradicate Tuberculosis

Thank you for the opportunity to learn about International Public Health in Nepal, it was a very valuable experience to see the work first hand.

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