A special ceremony was held this morning in Nepalgunj to celebrate the award of the prestigious Kochon Prize to INF for its tuberculosis work. The Kochon Prize is awarded each year by the Stop TB Partnership and the United Nations World Health Organisation. Nepalgunj in Nepal's Banke District is the location of INF's main TB clinic. Attending the ceremony were: Dr Ghanashyam Pokharel, the Nepal government's Mid Western Regional Director of Health; Krishna Chandra Ghimire, the government's Chief District Officer in Banke District; Kabi Raj Khanal, Under-Secretary in the government's Ministry of Health and Population in Kathmandu; Madan Prasad Rimal, Director of the government's Social Welfare Council in Kathmandu; Vishwa Raj Dotel, Banke District Local Development Officer; Dr Bhimal Dhakal, Medical Superintendent of the government's Bheri Zonal Hospital in Nepalgunj; Grishma Parajuli, Chairman of INF Nepal; Dr Val Inchley, a pioneer of TB services in INF; Seeta Gurung, INF Worldwide Acting Executive Director; and Sukhlal Singh, Nepal Director of the Netherlands Leprosy Relief Association. Other guests included INF Nepal board members, directors and TB staff, as well as representatives of the Nepali media and government officials. INF Banke Programme Manager Mukunda Adhikari led the ceremony, while INF Nepal Executive Director Dr Deependra Gautam welcomed the guests and spoke about INF's TB work.