Gurkha and Nepalese Community Resources

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CORONAVIRUS कोरोनाभाइरस

Advice on Handwashing

How to protect yourself and others
आफ पनि जोगिउ र अरुलाई पनि जोगाउ

Isolate your home

Isolate your household Stay at home

Vitamin D

Consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy. This is because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight if you’re indoors most of the day. There have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus. However, there is no evidence that this is the case. Do not buy more vitamin D than you need.

भिटामिन डी

एक दिन १० माइक्रोग्राम भिटामिन डी लिने विचार गर्नुहोस् तपाईको हड्डी र मांसपेशीहरूलाई स्वस्थ राख्न। यो किनभने यदि तपाई दिनको धेरैजसो घर भित्र हुनुहुन्छ भने सूर्यको किरणबाट पर्याप्त भिटामिन डी नपाएको हुनसक्छ। भिटामिन डी कोरोनाभाइरसको जोखिम कम गर्ने बारेमा केहि समाचारहरू छन्। यद्यपि यस घटनाको कुनै प्रमाण छैन। तपाईलाई चाहिने भन्दा बढि भिटामिन डी किन्नुहोस्।

Gurkha Welfare Trust

Providing financial, medical and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities.

Royal Gurkha Regimental Association

Representing all the Regimental Associations of Britain’s Brigade of Gurkhas, both past and present, and all ranks, both serving and retired.

UK Nepal Friendship Society

Working for the interests and voice of all members of the UK’s Nepali community, and for all in the United Kingdom that honour and seek to further inclusive multicultural values in their multiracial nation.

British Army Royal Gurkha Rifles

The Royal Gurkha Rifles was formed on 1 July 1994, after amalgamation of four Gurkha Regiments, 2 GR, 6 GR, 7 GR and 10 GR.
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Armed Forces Covenant

The Kent & Medway Armed Forces Network was successful in securing funding from the Armed Forces Covenant to develop a healthcare toolkit for the Gurkha and Nepalese communities in Kent. The bid was developed through the needs highlighted via our partners in the Network and in respect to ensuring that the Gurkha/Nepalese community are able to understand and therefore appropriately access the support they need around health and wellbeing.

Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for 200 years. Some 3,640 Gurkhas are currently serving in the ‘Brigade of Gurkhas’ which is the collective name for the units of the British Army that recruit soldiers of Nepalese nationality. There are 7 major units in the Brigade:

  • The Royal Gurkha Rifles (Folkestone, Kent)
  • The Queen's Gurkha Engineers (Maidstone, Kent)
  • Queen's Gurkha Signals (Nuneaton, Warwickshire)
  • The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (Aldershot, Surrey)
  • Gurkha Company (Sittang) at the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst, Berkshire)
  • Gurkha Wing (Mandalay) at the Infantry Battle School (Brecon, Wales)
  • Gurkha Company Catterick (Infantry Training Centre, Catterick)

In 2009 all retired Gurkhas won the right to live in the UK and the current estimated population of Nepali people in the UK is around 80,000 to 100,000.
Figures compiled annually by the charity the Gurkha Welfare Trust estimate the numbers of the retired population of ex- Gurkhas who have settled in the UK. The latest data suggests almost 16,000 “Heads of Family”.

There is a general lack of awareness amongst the Nepali community of how UK health and social care systems work. As a result many Nepali people are not accessing GP services or other vital healthcare and support. Hence, there is a need to create awareness amongst the Nepali communities about the available health services. It is also important that frontline staff understand the needs of this community to ensure that the Gurkha/Nepalese are not at a disadvantage due to cultural barriers.

Research (from across the UK) into the health needs of the Nepali community highlights a significant lack of awareness of how to access interpreting services amongst the community. It is imperative that professionals offer the services of a Nepalese speaking interpreter to patients/clients if language is a barrier.

‘Informal’ interpreting arrangements (such as using family or friends) are inappropriate and can create barriers around a person’s care and treatment, particularly if there is a need to discuss sensitive health issues with professionals.

The The Gurkha Welfare is a registered UK charity that offers advice and support to Gurkha veterans and their families both in Nepal and the UK. They work closely with government bodies and with service charities such as SSAFA, the Royal British Legion and the ABF – The Soldiers Charity to ensure ex-Gurkhas receive available statutory support.

More Resources to come

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NHS Services - NHS सेवाहरू

Information on the NHS, general health and well-being including emergency services.

Cancer - क्यान्सर

Information to help those who may have cancer.

Diabetes

Support for those with diabetes.

Mental Health - मानसिक स्वास्थ्य

Information relating to mental health

TB Resources

TB Awareness materials from Live Well Greenwich explaining the signs and symptoms. Information in both English and Nepalese.

Dementia

Advice, common sense tips and strategies on the most common issues for Dementia.

Dental

Information relating to dental health
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