Over recent years, PHASE have developed a short-term (minimum commitment is 10 days) volunteer programme for GPs to participate in teaching, mentoring and supporting our staff in 22 primary health posts across remote areas of Nepal. Medics also get involved in the bi-annual training of our health staff which takes place in Kathmandu.
Over 70 placements have been completed since the first visits in 2009 and in the last couple of years around 20 GPs per year have visited Nepal with PHASE. At least 30% of the GPs who go to Nepal with PHASE return a second time and many give an ongoing commitment, returning to Nepal repeatedly or getting involved in other ways.
We specifically look for GPs with several years experience and who may have been involved in teaching or overseas work in the past. Volunteers follow our specially developed clinical guidelines so that teaching is consistent. More information can be found at: http://phaseworldwide.org/
Twice a year we run a meeting for GPs who have been involved in the past as well as those interested in going to Nepal to volunteer who would like to learn more about our approach.
The next meeting will be held in Bristol (exact location TBC but will be central)
on Sunday 14th January from 11am – 2pm. Followed by a short walk.
It will involve an update on our work in Nepal given by Dr Gerda Pohl who is based in Kathmandu, presentations from volunteers who have been to Nepal recently and time for questions and discussion about how the scheme works.
If you would like to attend the meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send an agenda and location closer to the time.