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Aug 4, 2020

Education Update amid Covid-19

A vibrant classroom in Gorkha before the Crisis
A vibrant classroom in Gorkha before the Crisis

Dear supporters,

In this update, we would like to inform you about the difficult situation we are facing in the whole education sector and our plans to address this crisis in order to avail children with learning opportunities.

Schools have been closed from March 2020 and have not been opened yet. With the rising number of COVID-19 day by day the school sector is less likely to be open before November.

PHASE team is working at their best level to have communication with the school management committee and local government for suitable strategies to resume the education sector.

Our project schools are located in remote areas, many of which are outside electricity connectivity let alone an internet connection.

In this situation PHASE Nepal has been discussing several solutions for the recovery of the education sector. One of the proposed ideas is to implement the trial of the portable offline internet digital library (distributed over local wifi routers). The other main idea is also to train the teachers in using alternative methods to run classes during this kinds of crises.

We are discussing several other solutions and will update you later.

PHASE Nepal is currently working in 18 remote schools of Gorkha and 10 remote schools of Bajura supporting classroom infrastructure, teachers' capacity development, girls empowerment and better school governance.

Amid COVID crisis, primary health care projects and livelihood improvement projects are running in the remote project areas maintaining infection prevention methods as allowed by the government.

Thank you for your support.

PHASE Nepal Team

A mentorship training event in late February.
A mentorship training event in late February.
Jul 10, 2020

Successful Rebuilding of 2 Health Facilities in Sindhupalchok

Completed Birthing Centre Building in Baramchi
Completed Birthing Centre Building in Baramchi

This quarter PHASE Nepal post-earthquake rebuilding team successfully completed the construction of 2 health facilities in Baruwa Village as well as Baramchi village of Sindhupachok. 

The facility at Baramchi is a birthing centre , a 7 roomed structure while the one at Baruwa is a community health unit a 2 roomed structure. With joint funding from this GlobalGiving project, GlobalGiving's separate grant and donations from a few other PHASE's partners the rebuilding has been materialized.

While the Baramchi health post will be handed to the government in the coming months. Baruwa clinic will be further supported with medicine and staff support with PHASE's core health project team.

While we are still working on the post-earthquake recover we have been hit by the global pandemic of COVID-19 with more than 16000 thousands of the infected and more than 35 deaths nationwide, PHASE's focus is to continue supporting the earthquake-affected communities with additional activities on COVID recovery too.

So far these two villages do not have any confirmed cased of COVID-19 but our staff are maintaining utmost precautions to prevent infection by following the organization's contingency plan and safety guidelines.

" PHASE's support to keep the essential health service going on even during the pandemic is praiseworthy. It's a challenging time and we were just growing up from the earthquake recovery and we have COVID to fight. Than you for your support", shares ward chairperson of  Baruwa.

A patient a Baruwa clinic (old) with PHASE staff
A patient a Baruwa clinic (old) with PHASE staff
Almost completed health unit (new) in Baruwa
Almost completed health unit (new) in Baruwa
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
 
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