Today, 28th November kicks off PHASE Worldwide’s Big Give Campaign 2017.
For a whole week every donation to the campaign will be doubled with all funds going to support one of our most remote health posts, Manbu.
Below is a new blog written by one of our GP volunteers who visited Manbu, Tessa Sinclair
I have just returned from Manbu Dhunchet, where I spent a week working as a GP Mentor with PHASE Nepal. This was my second time in Nepal as a GP mentor, and I enjoyed it even more than my first visit!
The village of Manbu Dhunchet is in Gorkha, north west of Kathmandu. Perched on a terrace high above the Buri Gandaki valley, on a clear day, you can see the snow-covered peaks of Manaslu, Himalchuli, and Ganesh Himal. The building previously used by PHASE was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, and so the new health post is in a temporary building. There is constant traffic of people walking by, carrying wood, going up to their villages or going down the mountain. Getting to Manbu is fairly straightforward, but involves a full day’s drive from Kathmandu, an overnight stay in a guesthouse in Soti, followed by a 4 to 5 hour walk uphill the following day, (though I did have my bag carried all the way!)
Running the Health Post were Smita, a qualified ANM who had worked for a government clinic previously, and was new to working with PHASE, and Rupmati, a trainee ANM who was on placement from her college. At the end of the first day Smita explained that we would be going to do an outreach clinic in Patlekharka, a 4-hour walk away, with a 3 hour walk home. This is one of the challenges of working in a remote area, but I rose to the challenge. It was quite a steep ascent up through rhododendron forests but absolutely beautiful with the bright red Lali Gurash still flowering. At times, we were walking above the cloud level so it was quite an adventure.
At Patlekharka we met the schoolteacher who was overseeing the rebuilding of his destroyed school. He spread the word that “the clinic has arrived”, and within minutes we had a full waiting room. Smita singlehandedly did an inventory of the village medicine store, replacing all the out of date medicines with ones that we had brought from Manbu, while Rupmati and I made a start on the clinic. Due to the lack of buildings in this village that were left standing after the earthquake, we had to do consultations in the open air.
However, this is unusual. In the clinic in Manbu, patients would be seen one at a time in private, examined behind a drawn curtain. We saw a range of people with familiar problems. There were two older people with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a woman with painful knees, a child with asthma, a new baby with a cystic lump in the mouth and a large number of children with fevers or diarrhoea. Once everyone had been seen, examined, and given treatment or advice, we were invited to a house to have tea before the homeward journey.
It was a long day, but one I certainly will not forget.
Tessa Sinclair, 2017
The Big Give Campaign runs from 12pm 28th November – 12pm 5th December.
Manbu Health Post needs your help to continue this these vital services