Apr 14, 2020

COVID-19 Special Update on PHASE's work in Remote Nepal

Dear Friends,

First of all thank you very much for supporting PHASE Nepal's Himalayan Healthcare initiatives.

After 3 weeks of lockdown and our continuous endeavour to keep our Himalayan Healthcare service on we would like to send you this special updates on COVID-19 from Nepal. We hope you are in good health. Firstly, we invite you to support the fight against Corona by washing your hands with soap or using alcohol-based sanitizers frequently for 20 seconds, and taking additional precautions seriously.

In Nepal, taking into account the long incubation period (1-14) days of Coronavirus, the government had earlier extended the lock-down period further until 15th April- today it has been extended to 28th April. According to the Ministry of Health and Population’s daily media briefings, about four thousand corona suspects have been tested for COVID-19 where 16 of them have tested positive. Among them, the first patient has recovered and the others are being treated in COVID response hospitals. The families and friends of corona positive patients have been traced and kept in home quarantines. Besides, patients with possible corona symptoms are being observed in Isolation wards at provincial and central levels. Many migrant workers are returning from India, so local communities have established quarantine facilities for them.
Amid this crisis, PHASE Nepal Health team is well mobilized in the remote project areas in Humla, Mugu, Bajura, Sindhupalchok, Gorkha, which have become at risk in this pandemic owing to the large number of returnee workers from India and the middle East. The health staff in the project areas are keeping the most essential services such as safe childbirth, accident cases and other emergencies from the PHASE supported health posts while encouraging people to stay indoors otherwise. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, we at PHASE Nepal have been taking the following initiatives.

PHASE Nepal’s Response

  • We are supporting communities in awareness and symptomatic diagnosis via COVID-19 health desks.
  • We are supporting the local government to set up quarantine facilities by ensuring the minimum standard as per MoH (Ministry of Health) guidelines.
  • We have procured Personal protective equipment (PPE) and have dispatched them to our health workers working in the remote areas, and are exploring the option of sending diagnostic kits as well.
  •  Regarding regular project activities, we have postponed all the regular community-level project activities until the situation returns to normal and have focused on the emergency services only
  • Staff Contingency Plan is operational with prevention and outbreak plans.

Following the Government’s directives, the PHASE NEPAL team in the central office will be working from home until extended lock-down dates and the health teams in the project areas will continue supporting people in emergencies, maintaining strict precaution measures. Having followed the lock-down strictly we, the PHASE Nepal team in Kathmandu, are in good health and we are in regular contact with our field team.

Your further donation in this project will support our initiatives to help prevent and respond to the possible outbreak of the infection in these remote areas as well as to keep the emergency health services in these rural health post running.
With your generosity, we are able to reach and support people in these isolated remote Himalayan villages. We will keep updating you on how your support strengthens communities in Nepal. 

Thank you 
PHASE Nepal Team
Mar 18, 2020

Training 51 Teachers of Gorkha

An interactive teacher training session.
An interactive teacher training session.

PHASE Nepal Education Team recently completed the refresher training for the 51 teachers from Kashigau and Keraunja of Gorkha. The teachers recalled on their previously learned skills and demonstrated with their colleagues.  In addition, new ideas were also discussed and shared by the teachers in their model class sessions.

It's been four years since the project is working to support these teachers from 8 earthquake affected schools of Kashigaun and Keraunja, two remote villages of north Gorkha. In addition to capacity building, additional supports such as upgrading early childhood classes, installing science and computer labs, building toilets, setting up school gardens and providing the needful learning materials.

Progress in educational quality was seen over the years with high school in Keruanja ranking among top 5 in the whole district of Gorkha.

As an embedded programme more than 300 adolescent girls of the schools are mobilized in an empowerment programme. In which they were involved in them in leadership training, confidence buildings, awareness in menstrual and reproductive health, motivating them in school completion and having a career.

" We are grateful for your support in our school. We have come a long way since the earthquake and the school is running in fledged form. Thank you for supporting us after the disaster."

- School Principal, Manjushree Secondary School, Kashigaun

A session during the teacher training
A session during the teacher training
A vibrant classroom in Remote Gorkha
A vibrant classroom in Remote Gorkha
Mar 2, 2020

Reconstruction Projects in Hagam

An update on completed and ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Hagam

 PHASE Nepal has been running a number of relief, recovery and reconstruction projects in some of the most remote earthquake-affected areas of Sindhupalchok and Gorkha. In this report, we will cover a short update on the completed and ongoing reconstruction activities in Hagam village of Sindhupalchok.

Hagam village lies in the far northern terrain of Sindhupalchok district and was completely destroyed in the earthquake with no houses, schools or health post standing. Wish some immediate support in shelter and food materials. PHASE worked mainly in livelihood recovery via vegetable and poultry farming initiatives to more than 200 households and reconstruction of the public infrastructures such as schools and health facilities.

Talking about reconstruction, here is a list of ongoing and completed reconstruction projects in Hagam Village.

      1. 90% completion of the construction of 2 high school buildings (20 roomed structure each with office rooms and school toilets )
      2. Completion of 1 health post building (Completed last year)
      3. Completion of 1 outreach clinic (completed this year)
      4. Completion of a house for an elderly single woman who did not receive any government support.

Including all these, there are 9 different community building and 1 personal house recently rebuilt by PHASE as an effort to rebuild some of the most isolated communities. PHASE will continue to support the neediest communities who are still left behind in the aftermath of the great earthquake 2015.

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