PHASE Worldwide is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Waterloo Foundation, who will be supporting our work in strengthening health systems and improving healthcare outcomes, particularly amongst women and children. This new funding will support the training, practices and resources of Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) at three health posts, who provide vital maternal and child health services for families, filling the gaps in access to basic primary healthcare.
The villages of Kolti, Rugin and Bichhaya, in the District of Bajura, are areas where poor health, low education and few livelihood opportunities trap people in a cycle of poverty. The rural location of these communities, as well as outward migration and extreme weather cycles makes households particularly vulnerable.
The Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown in Nepal has reflected in worsening health indicators in Bajura. The number of women giving birth in a health facility or with a trained health professional has decreased from 60% to 7.6%, which has tragically increased the number of neonatal deaths. Access to food and medicine has also declined. These issues are underpinned by a general lack of understanding of what Covid-19 is and how people in these communities should adjust their daily lives in order to keep safe and mitigate the spread.
Funding from the Waterloo Foundation will play an important role in increasing the capacity of health posts in Kolti, Rugin and Bichhaya, in an effort to mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic and national lockdown in Nepal. Trained Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and Health Supervisors (HS) will be placed in each health post to support staff as well as provide further training, medicines and vital equipment including PPE. This will improve the confidence and skills of local nurses leading to improved quality of care, specifically tailored for pandemic preparedness and response. ANMs are also active within communities in spreading knowledge and awareness of the virus, as well as providing health services to members of the community who cannot access their local health post.
As Nepal’s lockdown has been lifted, Covid-19 transmission is beginning to rise once more. Support from the Waterloo Foundation will enable us to maintain full operations at the three health posts in the Bajura District, ensuring that health systems have the capacity to mitigate the negative implications of another potential lockdown.
Help us continue our work
Your donation will help change lives
If you would like to support the work of PHASE Worldwide and help us to continue empowering people living in isolated regions of Nepal the best way to do so is through regular giving. Even the smallest amount a month can make a huge difference. As a regular supporter you will receive exclusive updates and will become part of the PHASE family. You can set up your regular gift easily and securely online.
It has now been six months since the Start Strong Project, match funded by the UK Government, launched and we wanted to share an update on its progress to date! The Start Strong Project aims to improve maternal health and reduce malnutrition for 1,000 vulnerable women and their children in…
8 Aug 22
The Start Strong Project – Three Month Update
The Start Strong project, match funded by the UK Government, launched three months ago and we’re delighted to share with you an update on the activities delivered so far. The aim of the project is to improve maternal healthcare and reduce malnutrition amongst 1,000 vulnerable women and their children in…
1 Jun 22
The Start Strong Project has officially launched!
The Start Strong Project is Underway! The Start Strong Project, which has now launched as of April 1st, aims to improve maternal healthcare and reduce malnutrition for 1,000 vulnerable women and their children in Rugin and Bichhaya, Bajura district, Far West of Nepal. The Bajura district is one of the…