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HAT - Humanitarian Aid Trust Nepal

New Director for Green Pastures Hospital — Dr Arun Budha

Dr Arun Budha is the new Hos­pi­tal Direc­tor at Green Pas­tures Hos­pi­tal [GPH]. With his wife, Smriti, their two daugh­ters and infant son, Arun has moved to Pokhara to take up the role. He shared with us some of his story and his hopes for the role. I was born into a leprosy affected family. My parents found healing and hope at TEAM Hos­pi­tal in Dadeld­hura and both ended up working at the mission hos­pi­tal. My father was also the pastor of the local church.

I com­pleted train­ing in China, and also began working at TEAM Hos­pi­tal Dadeld­hura as a Medical Doctor and later as Medical Direc­tor. While there, I really under­stood the huge need for quality health­care in poor and rural com­mu­ni­ties in Nepal and I wanted to con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence. As a Chris­t­ian, I believe that the love of God can bring trans­for­ma­tion in peoples’ phys­i­cal, mental, and spir­i­tual lives. After further train­ing as a Surgeon, I worked at United Mission Hos­pi­tal Tansen, Palpa as a General Surgeon and the Chief of the Depart­ment of General Surgery. This very much fit with my values and my sense of calling. As a surgeon, the whole world is an oppor­tu­nity but Nepal, and espe­cially the hill regions of Nepal’s west and far west were always on my heart. I went to Tansen as a single man, and now am married with three children.

During my time at Tansen, I also joined the INF Nepal Board, which was a very excit­ing oppor­tu­nity. INF Nepal is one of the most impor­tant mis­sions that God has ordained in Nepal over seventy years now. Joining now as INF’s Green Pas­tures Hos­pi­tal [GPH] as the Hos­pi­tal Direc­tor is an exten­sion of this call. Leprosy care has always been an inte­gral part of INF’s work and it has extended this care into other areas of dis­abil­ity. This com­bi­na­tion, as well as GPH’s com­mit­ment to serving the poor and wit­ness­ing to God’s redemp­tive love really con­nected with my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional back­ground and drew me to the role after much prayer and discernment.

I am also excited about the prospect of com­pre­hen­sive dis­abil­ity and chronic disease work through the hos­pi­tal. I believe in the rel­e­vance of GPH as a mission hos­pi­tal going into the future. The context is chang­ing but INF is still here. One of our chal­lenges is how to retain our iden­tity and char­ac­ter while ensur­ing our rel­e­vance and effec­tive­ness. I look forward to the coming years at GPH, helping the hos­pi­tal become a centre of excel­lence in holis­tic treat­ment and care for dis­abil­ity, chronic disease and reha­bil­i­ta­tion. I feel priv­i­leged to be one of GPH’s staff and vision bearers to carry forward its vision and mission. I do ask the whole family for your con­tin­u­ous prayers. INF Aus­tralia is a Chris­t­ian mission serving the phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual needs of Nepali people