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BRINOS : Reg. charity No.800453.
Dedicated to the prevention and cure of Ear Disease in Nepal

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 realise his goal.

The twice yearly ear surgery camps were established as a direct response to Dr.Prasad’s vision.

BRINOS Ear Camps

These have been run in Nepal, twice-yearly since 1989 and three times a year since 2008.

Staff from the UK include at least two ENT surgeons along with an anaesthetist and sponsored nurses.

Staff from Nepal, as full team members, enhance their surgical skills and assist in the delivery of primary ear care.


  Neil Weir


BRINOS, the Britain-Nepal Otology Service, is  the charity dedicated to the prevention and cure of Ear Disease in Nepal.

Deafness is the commonest single disability in Nepal. It is also one of the most hidden. Some forms of Ear Disease can also be fatal but many can be cured, and many more are preventable.

Unless deafness is experienced, its effects can’t be fully appreciated. It leads to isolation and is often mistaken for stupidity or rudeness. In this world of the “hearing” it can also be dangerous. And often there is no help!

Without good hearing we cannot develop normal speech and language. In the developing world sufferers are frequently unable to benefit from education or employment and all that follows.

So BRINOS provides services to those in outlying places. The surgical teams provide their surgical and ENT skills, whilst the local BRINOS Ear Health Community Service, the (BEHCS) provides primary ear care in the field. This includes health education, diagnosis, some minor treatments and the provision of hearing aids.

BRINOS is now putting the final touches to its Ear Care Centre (HQ for BEHCS and  a home for the surgical activities)

(See the Main Site for more Details)


Kashi Raj Gyawali

One of the early ENT surgeons to be trained by BRINOS

The Camp Team 2013

(Attending the foundation-stone ceremony for the BECC)


The Britain Nepal Otology Service

The BRINOS Ear Care Centre