April 7th 2017 marks World Health Day. On this day, the World Health Organisation promotes awareness on a range of different health problems, and aims to start initiatives that bring these problems to global attention. There is no fixed theme, and each year the focus switches to a different health problem. We’ve seen themes of food safety (2015), identifying the link between good health and life expectancy (2012) and vector-borne diseases (2014).
Through a number of campaigns, they aim to make every one of us aware and informed on global health issues. In this way we have the knowledge to help ourselves and others.
In the UK, we are lucky enough to have a fantastic healthcare system which offers accessible and free healthcare to all. For communities living in the remote regions of Nepal, this luxury isn’t afforded.
One of the key issues PHASE aims to tackle in Nepal is access to healthcare. In the year 2015 – 2016 PHASE helped provide:
– 953 door-to-door health visits
– Treatment to 16,385 children under the age of 5 years
– 2274 counselling sessions on family planning
– 758 new born baby health checks
– 89 health and hygiene community events
Since its inception in 2005, PHASE has treated over 450,000 patients and can confidently assert that on average our health workers save at least one child’s life every month.
Working as an intern with PHASE Worldwide has opened up my eyes to both the harsh realities of living in rural Nepal, and the fantastic work PHASE does to offer hope to rural communities. The disastrous earthquakes of 2015 have made the lives of people in local communities even harder, and the need for adequate healthcare and support is greater than ever. Yet among stories of distress and sadness, there is great hope and inspiration.
If there’s one thing we should admire and learn from these Nepalese communities, it is their resilience and adaptability.
This World Health Day, learn more about the work PHASE does in Nepal by reading about the experience of Ailene Chan in Hagam.
Kerri Warne, 2017