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Nepal Academy of Science & Technology Commemorates Hiroshima Day

We received a report from Dr Basant Pant about a seminar which he organized with the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) to study the effects of radiation on human health. The seminar was held in commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945.

Writing on his Facebook Page, Dr Pant explained,

Today at 8:15 am Aug 6th 1945, first atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima leading to 80,000 deaths, thousands of injury, great destruction, and long term effect of radiation.

We all should learn a lesson from Hiroshima, risk of Nuclear war & accident incorporate all human beings, nobody is immune from it so, we should continue to show our concern against its development, proliferation and use.

Today NAST is organizing a special event in this regards and here are some of the slides from my presentation. 
“War is Evil; not the countries who fight it”

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Hiroshima from a Doctor’s Eye… Part of the presentation, “Effects of Radiation on Human Health” for the 69th anniversary of Hiroshima Day.

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The seminar was well attended by doctors and scientists.

We would like to extend our thanks to Dr Pant and NAST for organizing this event.

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ANT Hiroshima, A home! A family!!

We received the following message from our neurosurgury friends in Nepal, Prabin and Isha Shrestha,

ANT-Hiroshima is a home, it is a family. It is open for everybody who is involved in different social activities. It doesn’t have any boundary and limit for its activities. People of any group, country, ethnicity and religion have access to it. Therefore, I can’t exactly explain ANT Hiroshima and I don’t know exactly what it is. It is because, ANT Hiroshima, to my knowledge, is performing so many social services, seemingly without limit. It has networks with so many different people and organizations. Though it is an NGO, its way of doing things is different. Anybody who goes there will feel different. It is not as mechanical as other NGOs.

ANT is full of feelings, friendliness and enthusiasm. It inspires others to live with love. It encourages everyone to help others to help themselves. It is like a social network. We can meet people from different background there. People go to ANT though they may not have any direct relation with it. But once they go here, they will find a new idea or project or new way of doing the same project. So, ANT has provided an environment of meeting many people and knowing each other.

Therefore we prefer to call ANT a home, a family. If anybody has free time, he/she can go there and share and spend time there. If anybody has a program and a project he can go there to accomplish the project. Social service and humanity are its principle of existence and function.

It is all because of Mrs. Tomoko Watanabe, who is the founder of ANT. We have ever seen such a wonderful lady. She is a simple human being but has a big heart and a warm soul. She has answer to many things. Whoever goes to her with any problem or ideas, she will promptly find out the ways how a problem can be solved or how a new idea can be implemented. It is due to her wide network all over Japan and around the world. We have been in continuous touch with ANT for more than a decade. We were directly involved with its different activities when we were in Japan for more than 5 years.

In nutshell, ANT and Mrs. Tomoko Watanabe have directly contributed to our career. We thank her a lot and wish her all the best. We really look forward to continuing our relation with ANT. We want to contribute to the world through ANT. Long live ANT.

Prabin, Isha and family

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Prabin and Isha Shrestha

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Nepal Neurosurgical Fund Seeks Treatment For All Neurosurgery Cases In Nepal

In November Dr. Prabin, a senior neurosurgeon at Norvic International Hospital in Katmandu, launched an initiative that aims to ensure that every Nepalese patient who needs neurosurgical treatment in Nepal will be able to receive it irrespective of his or her financial means.

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Dr. Prabin feels that this initiative is urgently needed today because the number of diagnosed neurosurgical problems in Nepal has been increasing in recent years. This is part because of greater public awareness and also because there are now more qualified neurosurgeons in Nepal than ever before, with a corresponding increase in neurosurgical diagnoses.

However, the cost of surgery is a big obstacle to further treatment for most Nepalese, so Dr. Prabin and a group of fellow neurosurgeons decided to set up a fund to help those who desparately need neurosurgery but do not have the means to pay for the treatment.

Norvic International Hospital has one of the best equipped neursurgical treatment facilities in Nepal. However, as it is a privately run hospital, the overall treatment charge is higher than government-funded hospitals, which often lack the essential services, equipment and expertise that is necessary for neurosurgery to be successfully carried out.

ANT-Hiroshima joined Dr. Prabin in the initiative by setting up an English langauge blog to help raise funds and provide information about this initiative:

http://www.nepalneurosurgicalfund.org/

The blog is very new and Dr. Prabin hopes to add a lot more content in the months ahead.

ANT-Hiroshima is overseeing the fund raising side of the initiative. The Paypal buttons on the donation page are linked to ANT-Hiroshima’s account. ANT-Hiroshima will pass on the funds to Dr. Prabin as they come in.

We hope that with the help of donors  we can support the really needy cases who would otherwise be unable to get any treatment for their neurological conditions.

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Deep Jyoti English School & Sadako

Tomoko received the following photos and letter attached to an email from Rakakesh Kumar Shrestha in Nepal. The letter is from a teacher at the Deep Jyoti English School, Sudal, Bhaktapur, Nepal after reading Paper Crane Journey, which was distributed to pupils at the school on behalf of ANT-Hiroshima…

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Here is a lightly edited transcription of the letter:

When I got “Paper Crane Journey Carrying Sadako’s Prayer” I read it properly and prefer my children to learn it. After going from front to last, it touch my heart and I was shocked. Children from my children, they express sad feeling due to the innocent death of Sadako’s.Today, the world is facing the great problem of war and the same violence must be prevented which increases the mental torture of children. So the atom bomb, weapons and so on which lead nations to the crime and must be controlled and stopped.

Likewise, the death of Sadako’s other children who died on the accident spot, they shouldn’t have died. That’s why, public property like schools, hospitals, children park and other important places and monuments instead of destroying, should be conserved or preserved to make peaceful environment in the world.

Likewise, for the welfare of children, whatever the step you are forwarding for the prevention of war, we are really appreciate with you to end violence and increase the patriotic feeling among the children because children are future pillar who save/ruled the world.

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Napalese Versions of Paper Crane Journey Distributed To Local Schools Near Kathmandu

Here are some photos of school children in junior schools near Kathmandu, Nepal who are reading copies of the Nepalese version of Paper Crane Journey, by Shiho Umino, which were donated by ANT-Hiroshima and distributed by our voluntary representative on the ground, Rakesh Shrestha.

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Rakesh Shrestha informs us that the children were excited to receive the books and that they made a refreshing change from reading school study books. The children were also moved by Sadako’s suffering and the story of her struggle of an innocent school girl to survive after the devastation of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II.

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Green Legacy Hiroshima