The Kent & Medway Armed Forces Network was successful in securing funding from the Armed Forces Covenant to develop a healthcare toolkit for the Gurkha and Nepalese communities in Kent. The bid was developed through the needs highlighted via our partners in the Network and in respect to ensuring that the Gurkha/Nepalese community are able to understand and therefore appropriately access the support they need around health and wellbeing.
There is a general lack of awareness amongst the Nepali community of how UK health and social care systems work. As a result many Nepali people are not accessing GP services or other vital healthcare and support. Hence, there is a need to create awareness amongst the Nepali communities about the available health services. It is also important that frontline staff understand the needs of this community to ensure that the Gurkha/Nepalese are not at a disadvantage due to cultural barriers.