BRINOS – Britain Nepal Otology Service
Britain Nepal Otology Service (BRINOS)
Areas of Focus:
Surgery – Ear Drum Perforations (Myringoplasty), Middle Ear Surgery (Mastoidectomy), Restoration of Hearing for Otosclerosis (Stapedectomy), Patient Aftercare (Primary Ear Care Team)
Fateh-Bal Eye Hospital in Southwestern Terai in Nepaljung
Specific Volunteer or Resource Needs:
2 or 3 British surgeons, 2 operating theatre nurses, and an anesthetist
BRINOS was founded in 1988 by Neil Weir, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK.
It came about largely as a result of a meeting with the late Dr. L.N. Prasad, who at that time was Senior ENT Surgeon to the Bir Hospital in Kathmandu and Royal Ear Surgeon to the King and Queen of Nepal.
Dr. Prasad, at one time the only ENT and Eye surgeon in the country, was keenly aware of the urgent need to tackle the prevalence of ear disease in Nepal, as a survey of disability conducted in 1981 (the year of the disabled) found deafness to be the largest single disability. Dr. Prasad was urged by His Majesty’s Government to plan future provision of ear care throughout the country.
His aim was to reach out to those people living far away from Kathmandu. As there was only a single modern ear surgeon and no funds for equipment it was difficult for him to realize his goal.
The twice-yearly ear surgery camps were established as a direct response to Dr. Prasad’s vision.