COVID-19  Nepal Project #52524

Nepal Covid-19 Care, Save Lives in Karnali & More

by PHASE Nepal
Nepal Covid-19 Care, Save Lives in Karnali & More
COVID-19 awareness session at communities.
COVID-19 awareness session at communities.

Dear friends,

Thank you for your contribution and trust in us throughout the global pandemic to deliver the services in Nepal’s remote Himalayan regions. Through your support in the past years, we are able to focus on providing support for health, livelihood, and education.

Update from the field

With your support, we have continued to work in Nepal’s most remote, hard-to-reach and resource-deficit mountainous communities in Bajura, Humla, and Mugu districts in far western Nepal where local villagers need to walk several hours to receive basic health services.

In the last quarter, June- August 2022 in total 15,793 people were reached through PHASE Nepal supported 13 health posts for consultation on various diseases, infections, and emergency health services. In this period 14,168 community people were engaged in health awareness sessions on infection prevention measures like frequently washing hands, maintaining personal hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and timely seeking medical advice through PHASE-supported health facilities, along with essential maternal and child health-related sessions.

Besides, during the pandemic, we were also able to continue maternal and child healthcare. A total of 149 (93 by PHASE health staff only) safe deliveries from the PHASE supported 13 health posts in the last quarter.

With your support we were able to include additional infection prevention activities like providing PPE such as masks to the health posts and community members, providing “hygiene kits” to targeted groups with items such as soap, nail cutters, and hand sanitizer, supporting the government in the screening of COVID cases. During this reporting period, our PHASE staff worked together with the government staff in covid immunization. Several cases of COVID and a few deaths are observed in main cities like Kathmandu however, COVID cases are negligible in the PHASE Nepal project areas.

Himalayan communities are grateful for the support that you have made possible at this critical time:

A Government health worker at a Humla- Maila health post shared, “When the pandemic started we were looking for central government to provide us the budget for preparation. But, before them, PHASE Nepal was the first to provide PPE to this area. That was great support for us to continue the health services at communities.” He also added that the PHASE staff is available most of the time of the year and to respond to any health emergencies.

 

A mother in Photu, Mugu shared “It was good to get PPE. We didn’t have enough money to buy masks, and we would cover our faces with shawls that would not have been protecting us. From PHASE staff we also learned that wasn’t safe. Now, we are able to maintain distance, wash hands and wear masks to prevent infection. This thing supported to prevent the infection and also was easier for us to take care of the infected family members.”

PHASE ANM at Natharpu health post in Mugu district shared, “when the covid vaccine came to the village the traditional healers were reluctant to take the vaccine. We organized a special orientation session for them about the benefit of vaccination. Then only they agreed to it and are protected.”

For now, the daily infection rate is low in Nepal and more than 70% of people received the full dose of vaccination. PHASE Nepal has continued the essential and emergency health care services for infection prevention, and maternal and child health care in 13 communities.

All this has been possible with generous support like yours. We heartly thank you for your every support. Your support has made us capable to continue the health and COVID prevention/protection/vaccination services and save hundreds of lives in remote, resource-poor, Himalayan communities.

Our team will continue to be prepared for any form of future epidemics and health emergencies. We hope your support will be continued. We thank you wholeheartedly for joining hands to save lives and empower the most marginalized communities of Nepal. It would also be great if you could share our work with your colleagues who have an interest to support Himalayan communities through health, education, livelihoods, and disaster risk mitigation activities.

 

 

Immunization support during covid  pandemic.
Immunization support during covid pandemic.
Sanitation kit- soaps to encourage handwashing.
Sanitation kit- soaps to encourage handwashing.
Exclusive breastfeeding demonstration session.
Exclusive breastfeeding demonstration session.
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Handwashing as a infection prevention measure.
Handwashing as a infection prevention measure.

Dear friends,

Thank you for your contribution and trust on us during the global pandemic to deliver the services in the Nepal’s remote Himalayan regions. As we are aware about the worldwide impact of the corona virus in all aspect of human life. It's a huge relief that the virus infection appears to have be confined for the time being thanks to the vaccination.

With your continued support, our contribution to sustain the virus has been remarkable. Since the start of the coronavirus, we were able to initiate screening health desks, antigen tests, and quarantine centers with oxygen concentrators, infection prevention materials, and awareness on the use of vaccine at the communities.

“We are able to increased awareness on the preventive measures of COVID and also on use of vaccination. Earlier people were reluctant for COVID vaccination, several misinformation were circulated. After several round of awareness orientation we are able to clear the misinformation regarding vaccine. Now, they themselves come to health post to get vaccine. This is amazing achievement for us.” PHASE ANM, who served at Bajura, Bichya Health post throughout the pandemic.

Additionally, through 13 health posts and community outreach centers we continued the emergency and essential services. In first quarter of 2022 through PHASE supported health posts 12, 804 people were reached for consultation services on various diseases, infections and emergency services. Also, 13,210 community people were engaged on health awareness session on infection prevention measures like frequently washing hands, maintaining personal hygiene, eating balanced diet and timely medical advice.

Also, we regularly conduct orientations and training for local stakeholders to amplify the message on topics that support prevention of the disease. In this quarter a total of 3,533 local stakeholders (female community health volunteers, traditional healers, mother-in-law, teachers and local representative) were engaged.

 “The community where we live is extremely isolated, when the pandemic started, we were unaware about the situation. There were different kinds of rumors. PHASE health workers have always supported our community with right information and guidance. The treatment has been easy for us now.” A local female community health volunteer from Humla, Jair.

For now, the daily infection rate is low and more than 68% of people received the full dose of vaccination. Our team has continued the essential and emergency health care services for infection prevention, maternal and child health care at the communities.

We could not have done it without the help of our generous partners and supporters like you, which we appreciate beyond words. This preparation with your support has made us capable to continue the services for emergency and save hundreds of lives. Our team will continue the preparedness for any form of future epidemics and health emergencies. We hope your support is in this step as well.We thank you wholeheartedly for joining hand to save lives and empower the most marginalized communities of Nepal.

Nutritious food orientation for healthy family.
Nutritious food orientation for healthy family.
Community health orientation session at Mugu.
Community health orientation session at Mugu.
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Examining Patients during Covid
Examining Patients during Covid

The COVID-19 has posed the unprecedented global health crisis including Nepal. As of January 2022, Nepal is facing the third wave with 57,328 active cases multiplied in just a week.

With many migrant workers returning from neighboring countries, the infection now has reached to remote communities. Because of the lack of sufficient tests, the infections in the remote areas remain largely unreported. The vaccination rate is low (50% partially and 40% fully) which means the COVID-19 infection at communities with limited essential facilities can create a health emergency with severe symptoms and even deaths.

In such cases PHASE supported health posts are sometimes the only source of help in an emergency for many communities. PHASE Nepal has been supporting 13 of remote health posts, outreach clinics, managing rural quarantine centers and health desks in Mugu, Humla and Bajura districts. In the event of an emergency, we have continued to serve as the primary coordinator with district levels from the local communities. In such pandemic situation, most of the resources are diverted to major factors, and the vulnerable and marginalized communities suffer more for livelihood and receiving the essential health cares.

The PHASE health team has continued to provide services to the community, including raising community awareness of COVID-19 precautions, utilizing local resources to combat malnutrition in pregnant women and babies, delivering timely health care, and ensuring safe delivery.

Also where several of the local people are short on daily living resources, PHASE livelihood technicians are at the communities to support their livelihood demands, they are being taught novel agriculture practices such as off-season vegetable production, tunneling, mushroom farming, multi-crop farming, and small animal support.

In last three months through PHASE supported health post 10,297 people were reached for consultation services like OPD, emergency services, family planning, ANC, PNC, in which 95 safe delivery was conducted and through 192 community events 2,885 people were engaged on session on maternal and child health.

 “We are glad that PHASE Nepal is able to reach at places where even transportation service has not reached. With your support, we have been able to save lives of mothers with essential services such as child delivery, even in the time of emergency. We hope to be able to work together more closely in the future to help more disadvantaged people.” Himali RM, Bajura, Chief administrative officer

We have critical supplies such as basic medicines, personal protective equipment, masks, sanitizer and other equipment has already been sent in the project areas. Now 23 oxygen concentrators of 10-liter capacity, 4 sets of petrol engine generators to run concentrators in the remote, 80 sets of pulse oximeters are standby for emergency use.

This preparation has made us capable to provide services during emergency and save lives of hundreds. We could not have done it without the help of our generous partners and supporters like you, which we appreciate beyond words.

Antental check up at PHASE supported health post.
Antental check up at PHASE supported health post.
COVID-19 awareness session at remote communities.
COVID-19 awareness session at remote communities.
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Oxygen Concentrator Being Used in the Field
Oxygen Concentrator Being Used in the Field

PHASE Nepal has been a sole organization working in the hard-to-reach communities in the remote terrains of the Karnali belt strengthening the primary health care including attended maternity services. With the advent of Covid-19 crisis, the health team spread over eleven different destinations had dual roles. One facet of their of task was providing the most essential services such as general OPD checks, Antenatal checks, child delivery, postnatal care while the other facet was responding to the pandemic and help prevent the infection to be spread in the region.

The availability of health staff right in the field area enabled PHASE to quickly plan and execute the activities responding to the Covid-19 impact. In the past one and a half year PHASE Health team has been supporting in screening, antigen testing, isolating, providing emergency medicine as well as supporting in vaccinations, and running health desks. By now PHASE Nepal has supported the following emergency materials along with providing 24/7 services via field health staff.

By now 23 oxygen concentrators of 10-liter capacity, 4 sets of petrol engine generators to run concentrators in the remote, 80 sets of pulse oxymeters 1000s of sets of masks, sanitizers, and emergency medicines have been supported by PHASE in the most needy locations.

" PHASE Nepal has been the only organization here, to support the government health services in the ground. Their role in the pandemic was crucial to fight COVID-19, run other essential health services and save lives" Ward Chairperson, Bama, Mugu

PHASE Nepal has strategized the COVID-19 response as a part of its health programs until this global pandemic gets controlled and will continue its effort to save lives in this pandemic period especially in its hard-to-reach project communities of Nepal.

We wholeheartedly thank all the supporters who are helping us in our efforts to fight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Antigen testing of the suspected
Antigen testing of the suspected
Providing Regular Health Education wearing a mask
Providing Regular Health Education wearing a mask
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PHASE Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
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Project Leader:
Dr Jiban Karki
Bhaktapur, Bagmati Nepal
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