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Feb 16, 2017

Request for raising fund

PHASE’s staff nurse Nisha, who died last August, was hardworking, sincere and committed to serving the poor and needy people. She had left an easy job of instructor in a medical college to work with PHASE Nepal in remote Sirdibas VDC, Gorkha district that was badly affected by the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015. On 8th August, 2016 Nisha was on duty accompanying a young mother named Preeti and her 5 day old baby on their journey to hospital: The women had a serious postpartum infection and the baby had a fever. Both were being airlifted to Kathmandu for further treatment. Three other family members of the new mother were also on board. Tragically, due to bad weather and poor visibility, the helicopter crashed and all the passengers including Nisha died in the crash.

Nisha always gave importance to education and had promised her younger brother to put him through college. To honour Nisha’s memory, PHASE Nepal decided to set up a fund to commemorate her commitment, sincerity and dedication towards education. The fund will be utilized to educate under privileged and needy children from Nisha's home village or from the village in which she was working. All of the staff at PHASE Nepal donated one day of salary towards setting up the fund which amounted to Nrs 260,305/ (US $ 2600).  $675/ has been raised from GlobalGiving and Virgin Money Giving in the UK has raised 1752 pounds. PHASE Nepal hopes to collect US$25,000/- which will enable under privileged children to gain education. PHASE Nepal requests all the generous donors to kindly donate towards a noble cause of educating under privileged children in memory of Nisha. 

Jan 24, 2017

60 teachers receive training

In the month of August 2016, two events of tree days training was organized in Bajura district. The training was organized to train 60 teachers (30 teacher in each event). The resource person for the training was from District Education Office of Bajura district. The training was attended by teachers from 10 schools. 

The objective of the training were as follows:

1)    Develop child-centered teacher training methods and skills

2)    Increase teachers’ understanding and knowledge of their subjects

3)    To encourage students to become critical, creative, and independent thinkers

4)    To encourage teachers to promote group work and group discussion as part of teaching learning activities.

The three day training was fruitful as it has enabled the teachers to learn modern teaching methods that are child friendly, interactive and easy for children to understand. The teachers were glad to receive the training and during the training itself prepared a lesson to incorporate and execute the learnings from the training. 

Jan 8, 2017

3 year old girl with pneumonia

3 year old girl with pneumonia
Abkati  is 3 years old and lives with her parents and three older siblings in Maila VDC, where PHASE Nepal has been working for over 9 years now. On the 1st of December, Abkati was brought to the PHASE supported health post in Maila by her mother, who was worried about her daughter: Abkati had been ill for 3 days and getting worse, and was even unable to drink water or walk on her own. When she was examined by the PHASE health workers, they found that she was underweight, weighing only 12 kg. Malnutrition is a serious problem in Humla, where many families grow only enough food for 3-4 months of the year and are dependent on subsidized rice for survival. Malnutrition affects children’s immune system, making them more susceptible to common infections and making it harder for them to recover from illness. (PHASE also supports local farmers to produce more vegetables and eggs, but this progamme has only been running for 2 years.)
Abkati’s respiration rate and pulse rate were raised and she had a fever of 105 F, but her hands and feet were cold, suggesting that she was going into shock. Further examination showed chest indrawing and wheezing breath sounds. Abkati was suffering from severe Pneumonia. PHASE Nepal’s health workers, Sarita and Kalpana, immediately gave her an injection of Gentamycin (a broad spectrum antibiotic) along with Paracetamol to control the fever and Salbutamol to relieve the wheezing .

In view of her life threatening condition she was referred to Kolti Primary Healthcare Centre, as she really should be treated in a hospital: Kolti PHC is the nearest community hospital, but it is more than a day's walk from Maila. Abkati’s parents were unable to take her to the PHC, so the health workers gave her Amoxicillin (a second antibiotic) as well as Zinc and Vit A to boost her immune system. Her mother was advised to keep her warm and make sure she got plenty of warm liquids to drink. She was asked to bring the girl for follow up the next day, and when she returned, Abkati looked better. After continuing the treatment at home at follow up on the third day, there was a major improvement in her health. On the fifth day, Abkati came to the health post walking along with her mother! Her health had completely improved and no further medication was required. Her parents thanked PHASE Nepal health workers for saving the life of their daughter.
From the period starting mid-September till mid-December, 114 patients visited the ORC in Maila of which 14 were children under the age of 5 years.
Sarita /Kalpana

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