Livability nurse receives prestigious award for international work in spinal injury rehabilitation

Fiona Stephenson – a specialist spinal cord injury nurse – has won the International Impact Award at the 2017 Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards. Cavell Nurses’ Trust is a UK charity providing a range of support for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants across the country. The newly created International Impact Award recognises the vital role of UK based nurses, midwives and …

Friendship Really Matters: A supportive community is the key to recovery following spinal injury

Experiencing a life-changing injury can be a devastating blow. Two amazing individuals from Nepal share their experience of spinal injury and how connections in their communities encouraged them to embrace life again. Nirmala’s story Nirmala Karki was a teaching student in her home region of Ramechhap in Nepal. She was collecting animal feed at her home when she fell, injuring …

Overcoming disabling attitudes: rebuilding your life following injury is just as much about overcoming psychological barriers as physical ones

Rishi Ram Dhakal was born in the Gorkha district of Nepal. He damaged his spine in an accident in the factory where he worked. This is the story of his incredible journey from devastating injury to a new life. Rishi fell while lifting heavy machinery. At first he didn’t realize he was injured: “I remember barely feeling any pain at …

The Nepal earthquakes – one year on

On Saturday 25 April 2015, Nepal was hit by a major earthquake, which killed 9,000 people and injured tens of thousands more. We look at how the country has recovered one year on and the role Livability’s International team played in supporting Nepal’s primary spinal cord injury centre. Livability begins partnership in Nepal Back in 2001, Livability International’s Stephen and …

From devastating spinal injury to supporting others

What impact does it have on a Nepalese woman’s life when she sustains a spinal injury? This International Women’s Day we share the remarkable stories of two women who have faced huge physical, psychological and social challenge due to spinal injury. Both have received support from the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Nepal – with which Livability partners – and …

When welfare support is minimal – community has to kick in. Responding to spinal injury overseas

Stephen Muldoon is no stranger to spinal injury. Travelling the world for over 20 years with his wife Maggie, they have been project leads in providing Livability spinal rehabilitation training and capacity building to communities in Bangladesh and Nepal. He talked to Livability about why strong family and community relationships are essential in rebuilding lives following an injury. The risk …

President of Nepal inaugurates international conference hosted by Livability

Livability welcomed the The Right Honourable President Bidhya Bhandari of Nepal to inaugurate the 14th Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN) Conference in Nepal held on International Day of Persons with Disability. Co-hosted by Livability, the conference draws health experts and community workers from across Asia to discuss the needs of Spinal Cord Injury management and this year will focus on …

British Council International School Award success for Victoria Education Centre

Victoria Education Centre (VEC), Livability’s special needs school based in the heart of Poole in Dorset, has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. What is the International School Award? The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in …

(Video) Nepal’s poor hardest hit by earthquake

The Nepal Earthquake has caused widespread devastation with death tolls rising to 8,500 and hundreds having to deal with debilitating spinal injury. Such injuries provide an additional set of challenges to people who are trying to get their lives back on track, and it’s often the poor who are the hardest hit. So how is Nepal responding to this issue? Livability …