Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal

by PHASE Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Himalayan Healthcare for 5000: Save Lives in Nepal
Orientation on exclusive breastfeeding.
Orientation on exclusive breastfeeding.

Namaste Friends,

In this report we are going to share Dharma’s (name changed) story and her experience of PHASE provided health services in her village in remote Bajura along with the recent health updates.

“Namaste, My name is Dharma, and I live in Bajura district with my family of six members. It is one of Nepal's least developed regions. Life is difficult here because we live in a remote location. To support our necessities, we mostly raise animals, cultivate crops, and work with our neighbors. Because of our location, our productivity is limited. It barley provide us for 5 months.

It has been extremely beneficial for us to have PHASE health workers in our community. They are a gift for me and my family because I was able to save my baby with their help.

Before, I had already suffered a lot, having lost three of my children during delivery. This time, I kept in contact with them on a regular basis. They recommended me to have regular antenatal checks, eat nutritional foods, and take iron and deworming tablets to help my baby grow healthy.

On their recommendation, I had an ultrasound, which allowed me to learn more about my baby's health. They explained to me and my husband, based on my ultrasound, how preparation and getting to the hospital early would save my baby's life.

I thank PHASE health workers from the bottom of my heart because if they hadn't been in my community, I would have lost my child again and have no idea why.

They assisted my family in making a decision and referred me to the hospital, where I was able to deliver the baby through a surgery.

With their regular follow up and orientations, now I'm certain that what I'm doing is safe for my child. Like, exclusive breastfeeding, personal hygiene, using home grains for super flour for my baby and consultation with sisters on concerns concerning my or my baby's health.”

Your contribution has helped us improve healthcare in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Thanks to your generous response and support. This would not have been possible without your continuing support, as PHASE treated more than 12,565 people through 13 rural health posts and outreach clinics, including 2,002 children under the age of five for infections, sickness, pneumonia, and fall injuries in 3 months. In addition, our health team was able to perform 68 safe deliveries and managed 8 complicated cases like prolonged labor, post-partum hemorrhage, retained placenta, placenta previa, pre and post term delivery in this period.

Additionally, we encourage people with various health related activities: health orientation, nutrition workshops, door-to-door visits, clinic education, meetings, and information sessions and support with vegetable and chicken farming for nutritious food reach and encourage for timely check-up for any health related issues.

Pregnancy check-up at PHASE supported health post.
Pregnancy check-up at PHASE supported health post.
Mother's orientation session.
Mother's orientation session.
Local ingredients with nutritious food items demo
Local ingredients with nutritious food items demo
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Child growth monitoring  at Mugu, Bama village.
Child growth monitoring at Mugu, Bama village.

Dear friends,

Thank you for your continuous support which enabled us to provide the most essential health care services in some of the most isolated and hard-to-reach Himalayan villages of Nepal. We have been able to provide health care in several isolated villages of Humla, Bajura, Mugu, Gokha and Sidhupalchok, even during the global pandemic. Here is a short update of our activity from this quarter that we would like to share with you.

  • In this quarter 8,015 (3,618 males and 4,397 females) received consultation for various health issues among them, a total of 2,794 (1,476 males and 1,318 females,) under the age of children were treated with severe pneumonia, malnutrition and other conditions.
  •  Maternal and Child health has always been our topmost priority. During this reporting period total of 104 women successfully received institutional delivery services with 5 complicated deliveries like breech, twins, pre-term, prolonged labor and retained placenta was successfully managed through PHASE health workers.
  • To ensure the maternal and child health, and health of the entire family, our health team reach out to communities through door to door visit, meetings, workshop and exhibitions, where we encourage community people to practice sanitation, personal hygiene, eat a balanced diet with local ingredients, and seek out for health care facility etc.
  • In addition, we continued to generate individuals on COVID prevention in schools, community visits, and health clinics, where events were conducted outside or with a small number of persons wearing mandatory masks and following SMS rules. Various 821 events of awareness-raising initiatives were held over the reporting period, with 7,676 community members participating in these activities.

 

Dila ( name changed) is a nine-month-old baby girl. With her parents, she lives in Bajura, Bichya. At the PHASE-supported clinic, she was diagnosed with severe pneumonia. Her mother was given medicine as well as counselling. She was cured in just three days. This is what her mother shared in her own words.

 "I got here at 8 p.m. because I was able to immediately spot the warning signs shared by sisters in mother's meeting," her mother shared. Otherwise, I would wait a few days until I brought her here or I'd have no idea what I needed to do. The things that sisters share with us are valuable and have saved my baby's life."

The pandemic has had an impact all across the world, but the communities we serve are disproportionately affected since they are already underprivileged and depend on day-to-day activities to meet their basic needs.

 As a result of your generous contribution, we have been able to save lives and raise awareness about the importance of following healthy behaviours. We'll keep you informed on the strength of your community support in Nepal.

Thank you

PHASE Nepal Team

Conducting anemia test on pregnant woman.
Conducting anemia test on pregnant woman.
Nutritional exibition with local ingrediants.
Nutritional exibition with local ingrediants.
Orientation  on essential of breastfeeding.
Orientation on essential of breastfeeding.
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Attending a neonate after delivery
Attending a neonate after delivery

Dear Friends,

 

In this report, we would like to share with you a summary of achievements in our health project in the remote Himalayan communities that we were able to achieve with the generous support from our donors and with the dedicated service provided by our project staff in the past year.

Our health efforts are focused on enhancing maternal and child health care by providing vulnerable people with access to primary healthcare, essential and emergency services, and community health and nutrition awareness programs. Below is a brief summary of our activities in this completed year.

  • During the reporting period a total of 68,825 contacts  (29,899 males and 38, 926 females) took place for treatment and advice in PHASE supported health post for various illnesses among them 17,137 contacts were for under-five children for illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia
  • 50,604 participants were counted in PHASE community health education and awareness events like workshops, door-to-door visits, clinic education, meetings and orientation.
  • 1,348 pregnant women received antenatal checkups and counseling services on minor and major neonatal danger signs, timely checkups and maintenance of hygiene, nutritious food, regular check and essentials of institutional delivery. Of these, 733 had the recommended minimum 4 antenatal visits. This represents a significant improvement over last year’s achievement.
  • 1,113 deliveries were recorded at the PHASE working areas. In which 905 were institutional deliveries (almost all at PHASE supported health posts, except for 3 which were referred out) and 7 supported home deliveries.

With PHASE Nepal's support, our health post services are strengthened and the local government is ready to take over and run on its own. Thank you for your support for the past decade, amid earthquake and pandemics. - Elected representative, Ward Government

PHASE Nepal was also successful in fully strengthening and handing over 2 health posts to the local government this year phasing out from its 2 remote Himalayan villages of Kashigaun and Keraunja of Gorkha. We thank all of our donors for this success.

Support to COVID-19 vaccination
Support to COVID-19 vaccination
An awareness events with the mother groups
An awareness events with the mother groups
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PHASE ANM attending  a child after delivery
PHASE ANM attending a child after delivery

PHASE Nepal's continuous efforts on ensuring quality health services in the remote mountainous village have kept enabled women to have better antenatal care, better nutrition, and safer delivery attended by PHASE Nepal nurses. In this report, we would like to share 3 such stories for to you have a glimpse of PHASE Nepal's Health Services in the remote.

The names of the women as well as the staff members are changed for privacy.

#STORY 1 Regained weight and Natural delivery

This is a story of twenty-one years old Maya, who lives in Bhee, Soru, Mugu. Just like many of the people in her village, her family also mostly relies upon their farm production for daily needs. On which her family of five can rely for half of the year.

In her village, sharing about pregnancy with family members is still a thing of shame. She already has a daughter of three. Binita knew her period was missing for the last few months. She had assumed she might have become pregnant again, but she hadn’t share it with her in-laws and even her husband.

PHASE ANMs Devi and Tara were at her home for a regular home visit when they found that she was already four months pregnant.

Tara shared, “When we asked her if she had any health issues, first, she was reluctant. She whispered to us that her period was missing for few months! Openly talking about pregnacy is a taboo which are working to change"

On examination, we found out she was pregnant. She looked lean and tired. Soon, we informed her family members about her condition and suggested them to bring her to the health post for further examination.”

Maya showed up to health post, the next day. While checking her vitals she was only 46 kg and her blood pressure was low(90/70mmHg)

Maya, remembers her condition then, “I mostly felt tired, dizzy and did not want to eat food. I thought that this is because I work a lot. After coming to the health post, I knew I was underweight and that was dangerous for my baby’s growth. Then I started to eat healthier foods. I fed myself in small quantities and frequently. That helped me gain weight. By the time of my delivery, I was 52 kg and I was feeling less tired.”

As advised by the PHASE ANMs, she was regular for her monthly antenatal checkup but yet she didn’t come to the health post for her delivery. Her neighbor informed that her labor had started, then our ANM reach her home quickly. There they found that she was at a shed with labor pain.

Tara, PHASE ANM shares, “As she was already on labor we quickly examined her vitals and supported her through the process. She was able to deliver her baby successfully.

We counseled her husband to continue her on providing warm soups, vegetables, and meat and take care of the baby.”

Maya’s mother-in-law shared, “She was going through labor and I didn’t know what to do. Sisters came for her rescue, then I felt relief. Thank you for your support!”

Maya shared, “I changed my eating habits as per the Sisters' (PHASE ANMs') advice, I gained weight and was successful in delivering a healthy baby. Still, I have continued to balance my diet with pulses, meat, and vegetables.”

#STORY 2 Underweight baby regained weight

Chaya, is a twenty-one-year-old female living in Mugu. She had delivered a baby in July, at the PHASE-supported health post. She was regular in our touch, she attended all the ANC checkups and our counseling session. But her delivery happened to be a month earlier than her date. So, her baby was low in weight.

Our ANM shared, “As her baby was underweight on each alternate day we personally went at her home to know the condition of mother and baby. We guided her to breastfeed her baby as frequently as possible and also suggested her mother-in-law to feed the mother enough soups, meat, and vegetables. That would help in milk production.”

Now after, eight months, she recalls, “When born my baby was extremely small. I was scared to hold it. I did exactly what sisters (ANMs) advised, to frequently feed my baby with breast milk and also feed myself with plenty of soups, meats, and vegetables. In just a month my baby was 2.5kg. The baby I almost gave up is now 7kg and the arm circumference is 13cm (healthy baby). I feel surprised and also thankful to sisters’ advice.”

Her mother-in-law, who is also local FCHV, shared, “I don’t know how her baby was underweight. After birth, we didn’t expect the baby to survive because the baby looked tiny and weak and couldn’t suck the breast milk. As suggested few months after only frequent breastfeeding, we started to feed her enriched food paste (super flour) using locally available grains. That changed everything!”

Chaaya further explains how she found ANC and mothers' group meetings useful for her child.

“Steps like keeping my baby covered in my chest (Kangaroo mother care), age was feeding super flour, increasing food quantity, maintaining hygiene, regular monitoring of weight and height, immunization has supported me. In the super flour-making session I learned that proper proportion is essential to get the correct amount of nutrients for my child. I learned we need one part of pulses/beans, two-part of cereals, which need to be roasted and grounded to powder. That super flour can be served with milk/hot water with a small portion of ghee/oil and egg.

All these ideas, I learned in orientations and home visits were helpful for me to grow my baby healthy,”

Her mother-in-law shares, “People say that Mugu is the most remote area of Nepal. I am thankful to sisters who have come to our rescue even at the time of the pandemic. It is of great care and support. This is a new beginning for me and my family!

#STORY 3 A Complicated Delivery During Lockdown

Patali was expecting her first child and her due date was coming near. She was in regular contact with PHASE supported clinic at Humla, Tumcha. As her husband had left for India for work, she was living with her parents.

During her last antenatal check-up, she tested positive for Hepatitis-B in the kit. This means she had to be referred to a higher center to safely deliver her baby. I not could easily be transmitted to the baby. 

PHASE ANM explained to her about her serious condition and treatment plan. She was referred to district headquarter hospital Gamgadi, Mugu for medical attention and further confirmation.

She traveled with her parents to the hospital. But there she could not get the shots she required for the safe delivery of her baby. As she was already a week overdue for her delivery, the paramedics at the hospital referred her to the Provincial Headquater hospital.

To reach there was a great challenge for her. She had less option to travel to a long off-road trip of 24hours or an airway, which is both time-consuming and extremely expensive for her.

Our team immediately started looking for evacuation, they coordinated with district authorities to arrange an emergency helicopter evacuation. She was safely reached to the hospital and was able to deliver a healthy baby.

She shares, “At one time I could not think anything, what to do next. I felt completely helpless. But with sisters' (ANM) support and effort, everything went well. We are safe now.”

PHASE ANM shares, “If not managed according to the need the baby would have been infected with a lifelong chance of developing an infection. When we found her condition, we tried everything to have her delivery safe. We even contacted to get vaccines in the district level, but that would take a longer time. We had no time so we did what was best for her.”

During the COVID-19 lockdown, PHASE’s health staff are continuing to serve vulnerable, remote communities in Nepal, throughout the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Our PHASE ANMs and health staff continue to serve as a link between vulnerable communities and quality healthcare, identifying patients with health problems, counseling, diagnosing, treating, and referring patients to higher centers. During this uncertain time, we were able to save lives of mothers and babies.

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A nutritious food workshop
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An immunization event
An immunization event

Dear Supporters,

Please find brief update from PHASE's working areas regarding COVID-19 as well PHASE Nepal community health project and other activites. 

COVID-19 current Situation in Nepal (as of Feb 12)

The overall current national COVID-19 case load has reached 272, 557 with 1,707 active case, and 2,055 deaths.

Covid-19 cases in PHASE Working Provinces

The numbers of total active cases in PHASE working provinces and districts are: Karnali 14 (Mugu 0, Humla 2) Sudurpaschim 69 (Bajura 2), Gandaki 193 (Gorkha 19) and Bagmati 1,191(Kathmandu Valley 1,071 and Sindhupalchok 3).

PHASE Project updates

PHASE team in far-west including health and livelihood team and most of the central team have received the first dose of COVID vaccine and only few has minor side effects after the vaccine.

Girls Empowerment Program: GEP sessions is being held at Ganga Basic School, with 31 girls and 18 boys providing them leadership, health, career development and mentrual hygiene.

Urban health team in Kathmandu have been continuing regular health services and continued people living with disabilities home visit in alternative days and prescribe medicines as required.

Our Mugu staff, have also supported in the COVID vaccination program. Besides, they have continued to provide clinical service and engage in community awareness events like school health education, childcare training, FCHVs monthly meeting, village cleaning program, mother and ANC group meeting, community health education, child right protection training, nutrition workshop, traditional healer’s orientation and public audit. They are also working with local road building groups with refresher first-aid trainings and COVID orientation.

PHASE works for sustainable improvement for the people living in remote communities. Besides clinical care to the mothers and children, we directly engage and partner with the local communities to raise awareness on essentials of nutrition, hygiene, and immunization for a healthy life. We engage them with scheduled workshops and orientation events on preparing age-wise nutritious food, educate new mothers and pregnant women on the importance of ANC /PNC check-ups, and monitoring their baby’s health regularly.

As the COVID-19 situation is slowly coming back to normal, PHASE Nepal will further work on strenthening the health services in hard to reach areas and also empower the communities with other support activities.

Thank you for your support

Nutrition awareness activity.
Nutrition awareness activity.
Post natal care during the home visit
Post natal care during the home visit
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Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Bikash Koirala
Kathmandu, Kathmandu Nepal
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