Nepal Disabled Project - Disabled and Helpless Rehabilitation Service Centre (DHERSEC) DHERSEC Facebook

Located in Dharan, a town of the eastern region, DHERSEC is an independent, local, registered organization aiming to protect and promote the human rights of the poor, helpless and physically disabled. Focusing on people with disabilities, orphans, homeless and very poor children and adults. DHERSEC is a non potitical, non governmental, non religious, secular disabled people’s organisation serving Dharan and the eastern region of Nepal.

DHERSEC has been promised AUD$45,000 from MMA but DHERSEC’s budget could easily be much more, so great is the need following the civil war of the last decade and continuing unrest. An Easter Appeal each year tops up MMA’s commitment and funds a number of heart operations for children and young adults suffering effects of Rheumatic Fever. Although the operation cost of $5,000 may be subsidized, each patient must pay at least $1,000 which many find impossible. Therefore MMA seeks $10,000 above the budget to pay for heart surgical procedures.

This is an approved tax deductible project, funded through the MMA Overseas Aid Fund.

The Work of DHERSEC


  • runs a weekly clinic for disabled and poor persons
  • refers cases for specialist care to the local hospital
  • refers people with severe rheumatic heart disease to Kathmandu for cardiac surgery
  • subsidises cost of medicines, tests, surgical fees and materials for eligible patients
  • provides assistance for children to attend school
  • arranges for, and subsidises, mobility aids and equipment, and
  • has rehabilitative approach through home visiting and training.
Heart Appeal for Nepal 2009

Dear friends,

I invite you to contribute towards heart surgery for young Nepalis from eastern Nepal, where I used to work.

Rheumatic fever can have a devastating effect on heart valves of children and young people. There may be pains in the joints after a throat infection in the early stages, but in many cases there is little sign of trouble until a heart murmur is detected. The sufferer develops shortness of breath on exercise leading to progressive disability. Heart surgery to replace the damaged valves can transform such lives and prevent early death. This surgery takes place regularly in the Ganga Lal Heart Hospital in Kathmandu but is expensive. Nearly all such cases need financial support. The artificial valve may be provided free to the poorest, but money for drugs, blood transfusion, tests etc. must be found.