| Mar 30, 2022
Frontline health workers continue to provide critical services despite the third wave!
Family planning counselling at Bajura, Nepal.
During the devastating second wave last year, hundreds of people lost their life in Nepal. This time, the majority of health care workers were also infected. Resulting, shortage of medical staff in Nepal.
Our frontline health workers who serve in remote areas were also infected, but fortunately, they had only mild symptoms. PHASE Nepal is committed, as always, to the safety of its team members. Adequate supplies were maintained at each location and every staff were advised to use the personal protective equipment while making patient consultation to infection prevention. All PHASE staff are got full set of COVID vaccination.
The situation in Nepal is improving after the third wave of crisis. For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak, local governments have begun the training for frontline workers.
PHASE frontline workers received an refresher training on essential nutrition, where they practiced preparing a diet with local ingredients. Nine PHASE health workers completed a two-month long Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) training organized at the Maternity Hospital in Kathmandu following the national health curriculum.
After the training, one of our ANM who has been practicing maternal and child care in various areas of Bajura, Humla and Mugu for more than 5 years shares, “Our training was on hold past two years due to the pandemic. It was finally possible. With this opportunity to train at the national maternity hospital, I learned a lot about saving the lives of mothers and babies. I am more confident that I will be able to provide the right diagnosis, calmly manage the situations and make timely referral decisions.”
Even in the midst of the epidemic, our front-line health workers have continued primary health care and emergency services in Nepal's most remote districts. Thank you for your continued support. Our team's confidence in continuing to save the lives of underprivileged communities is intact as a result of your contribution.
In the last four months, our frontline workers (21 Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery, 3 Staff Nurses, 4 Health Assistants, and local social mobilizers) have been able to provide 133 safe deliveries in remote areas of Humla, Bajura, Mugu, and earthquake-affected districts Gorkha and Sindhupalchok, including 7 complicated deliveries such as retained placenta, prolonged postpartum hemorrhage, breech with footing, and twin delivery.
In addition, 17,166 cases were treated, with 2,884 children under the age of five receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Local residents were encouraged to practice healthy habits through 1,430 community events. Our staff was able to provide primary health care and 24-hour emergency service, as well as provide community members with information on how to respond appropriately throughout the pandemic.
All of our work would not have been possible without the kind contribution of our donors like you. We really appreciate your willingness to ultimately empower Himalayan frontline health workers during the pandemic.
Nutrition workshop for mothers at Photu, Mugu.
Pregnancy checkup at Maila, Humla.