The northern area of Gorka where Manbu is located, in the shadows of Manaslu and Himalchuli mountains, is sparcely populated, so many villages are miles from the nearest health centre. Food poverty is still a problem, with an average of 23-40% of people living in food poverty. Livelihood opportunities are sparse.
PHASE funds trained Nepali Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) to support the work at the health post, as well as run an outreach programme, where they carry out door-to-door visits of families in Manbu to provide healthcare check-ups, advice and run health education events in the community. They improve healthcare access by offering a reliable basic health service, as well as integrating into the heart of the communities they work in.
Many PHASE Worldwide GP mentors have supported the staff in the health post over the years. Below Carolyn talks about her recent visit.
Dr Stephen Vercoe has also recently been to Manbu Health post. Read more about his experience here.
In the last 6 months the health post has provided a safe place for 25 women to give birth, two of these had complications and an urgent referrable to a distant hospital was required. We don’t like to think about what might have happened if our ANMs weren’t there. Through home visits 7 children with malnutrition were identified, they are now well.
The money for Manbu health post runs out at the end of June 2023.
The community needs, it to stay open.
To keep it open for another year we need to raise £15,000.
What your donation can pay for.