GlobeMed at Tufts is partnered with PHASE (Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment), which is an NGO that works to reduce poverty on a sustainable basis in remote Himalayan regions of Nepal through integrated programs in healthcare, education, and livelihood. Established in 2006, PHASE has been working to address the needs of these remote communities through a practical and people-centered approach. GlobeMed at Tufts has specificially been funding a health outpost in Bichhya, Bajura, in Far-Western Nepal. Bichhya, the community within the Bajura District where PHASE runs a health outpost, is very remote due to its location of about a 4 days walk from Bajura district headquarters over mountainous terrain. Therefore, challenges like accessibility and basic service delivery such as healthcare are prominent within this district.
PHASE has been working to increase the accessibility of such health services, and has provided general health services to a total of 5, 216 people from June of 2016 to July of 2017. Common health problems faced by the beneficiaries of the PHASE health outpost include gastritis, gastroenteritis, respiratory issues such as pneumonia, malnutrition, and ENT problems. Child health has also been a focus of PHASE in the past year as children's immune systems put them at a higher risk of infectious diseases. PHASE has therefore emphasized CB-IMNCI, or Community-Based Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness, a set of guidelines developed by the government of Nepal, and helped to provide immunization to 435 children and growth monitoring for 656 children from June of 2016 to July of 2017.
In addition to basic health services, public health activities such as community health education programs, immunization programs, child protection programs, door to door health education programs, and health program management committee meetings have been emphasized in Bichhya. PHASE has also run several Traditional Healer Training programs to empower traditional healers such as Dhami and Jhakri with fuller understanding of the diseases that villagers often come to see them for and to ensure referal to community health centers when it may be necessary.
We at GlobeMed at Tufts have been working hard in preparing for the upcoming school year and planning several fundraisers to continue supporting the health outpost in Bichhya. We truly appreciate your contributions, the generosity of our donors, and the effort and time each of our chapter members have dedicated to GlobeMed at Tufts.
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