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18 Mar 20

Statement from PHASE Worldwide on Covid-19

Just like many of you, PHASE Worldwide is concerned about the serious threat that is Covid-19 in the UK, Nepal, and across the world.

The safety and wellbeing of all people involved with the charity is paramount to us. For now, our staff are functioning remotely, but still with phone and postal systems working as normal. Please feel free to give us a call if you need to at any point.

We have banned all travel and all meetings are now being conducted digitally. We have postponed our GP Mentoring Programme for one month until we get a better understanding of developments.

In Nepal, thankfully, staff and the communities are safe and well. As of 17th March 2020, Nepal has one confirmed case of Covid-19 and has taken preventative measures on people entering the country. In Nepal, a continuity plan is in place. If the situation worsens, then large gatherings, meetings, and training session will not be possible.

But our work will continue. Staff will continue to work with communities to deliver our integrated work of primary healthcare, health education, and agricultural training, all changing lives of some of the most remote communities in the world.

Like other sectors in the UK, civil society is facing a huge financial challenge, and fundraising for our work in Nepal will become ever more difficult in the next six months. We are reducing all but essential spending and are anticipating for challenging times ahead.

We ask that even in these difficult times, you please still consider supporting our work in Nepal, which achieves long-term improvements to primary healthcare, education, and livelihoods.

Thank you for your ongoing support and stay safe and well.

Best wishes,

PHASE Worldwide Trustees and Staff

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