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A first baby born at the new birthing centre in Bihee, Mugu

A first baby born at the new birthing centre in Bihee, Mugu

In Bihee, where PHASE was able to launch its health programme last November thanks to funding from Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, a first baby was born in the newly-established birthing centre last week. The baby – a boy – and his mother are fine, and they were taken home by their family and friends with music and celebrations. This means great progress for this community – Bihee is an extremely remote village, situated several hours on foot between two more frequented routes, and it will most probably take years for it to get road access.

Covid update

Covid update

Nepal has now been in lockdown since March 23, which helped keep the number of cases at a low 100+. The World Health Organisation WHO currently still categorises the situation in Nepal as “sporadic cases”. This week, the lockdown was again extended until May 18; international flights are currently suspended until May 31. As expected, the identified cases cluster in districts along the Indian border, where many migrant workers have returned to the country, and of course Kathmandu – see the map below. So far, no cases have been identified in the remote PHASE project regions, even though some of them have conducted targeted screenings. As reported, PHASE Nepal already […]

Covid Measures in Nepal

Covid Measures in Nepal

Since Tuesday, 23 March, Nepal is in lockdown to avoid a spread of the Corona virus. So far, Nepal has only two active confirmed cases, but just as in other countries, there probably are many unidentified cases, partly because many Nepalese migrant workers have returned to Nepal over the past weeks. Already two weeks ago, PHASE Nepal set in motion a contingency plan and bought masks and other safety equipment which has been sent to the remote project villages. PHASE staff has been informed of safety measures and are now able to advise those at risk and check recent returnees – mostly migrant workers from India and the Gulf – […]

Corona Virus

Corona Virus

Although Nepal has not been much affected by the Corona Virus so far – there is only one confirmed case until now – the Nepalese government and our partner organisation PHASE Nepal are preparing contingency plans to contain its effects. PHASE Nepal strongly relies on information and awareness raising among its staff and among the communities they work in, as well as planning ahead for the probable needs in additional material and medication. Nevertheless, we will have to expect the incidence to rise in Nepal as well, which means an additional burden on an already weak healthcare system. This will affect our projects, and most of all PHASE Nepal’s staff. […]

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

It is International Women’s Day – and the empowerment of women and girls in rural communities in Nepal is at the heart of PHASE’s work: access to primary health care especially for women and young children, raising awareness of women’s rights within communities, improving the livelihoods of for female subsistence farmers, women’s literacy courses and empowerment workshops for girls and boys are part of our integrated approach.

Food security for Mugu project completed

Food security for Mugu project completed

This City of Vienna funded project was successfully completed in October 2019. In the project, a total of 283 farmers and their 2,019 family members were supported with trainings in vegetable farming, chicken and goat rearing to enable them to provide better food for their families and gain an additional cash income, too. The project also included very successful trials for mushroom farming, and provided funds for a local collective to start a local farmers’ market in Sorukot, the municipality headquarters. In addition, PHASE Nepal staff provided trainings and information on nutrition with a focus on children under five. The end report is currently only available in German.

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year

This is the time of the year when it is tempting to look back and think about the past year – and this brings me to the first point of order: a heartfelt thank you to all our supporters and friends! Without private donations guaranteeing our independence, we would simply be unable to support PHASE’s work in Nepal! Women in Luma, one of the project communities In the past year, this enabled us to win substantial support from Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung for PHASE’s maternal and child health programme in Mugu, as well as funding from the City of Vienna for a Girls’ Empowerment Programme in neighbouring Bajura district. In this context, […]

New Girls Empowerment Project

New Girls Empowerment Project

We are extremely happy to announce a new education project: With support from the City of Vienna and PHASE Austria, a girls empowerment project will be launched this December in Bajura District in the Karnali region. Based on experiences with similar projects, the PHASE Nepal team has added another dimension to its tested approach: this time, the young boys will be involved in the project in order to inspire them to advocate for women’s rights and equality, too. The City of Vienna’s support thus enables us to provide the opportunity to address the issues of equality, education and their plans for the future. Please click here for further information.

PHASE Austria Newsletter September 2019

PHASE Austria Newsletter September 2019

News about developments within our projects in Nepal as well as information regarding our work in Austria, including the project launch of our new project on maternal and child healthcare in Mugu (funded by EKFS), some changes in the project plan in our food security project (supported by the City of Vienna), and our efforts at professionalization in our operations in Austria – PHASE Austria now has offices in Vienna for the first time since its foundation! Please find the newsletter (in German) here.

Quarterly Report January to April 2019

Quarterly Report January to April 2019

In the two health projects in Mugu funded by Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung and Austrian Development Agency via PHASE Austria, we can report the following results for the quarter from January to April: A total of 2,948 patients were seen in the outpatientclinics, of whom 1,261 women and girls. PHASE health staff delivered 57 babies,of which 28 were home deliveries and 29 births were attended in birthingcentres – a good sign that were these facilities exist, acceptance is high in arelatively short space of time (the birthing centre in Bama was established only 2 years ago, the one in Dhainakot only very recently). Family planning services were delivered to 206 women and […]

Rosie Swale-Pope in Vienna

Rosie Swale-Pope in Vienna

Last week, Rosie Swale-Pope (72), who is currently running from England to Nepal for PHASE passed through Vienna. PHASE Austria welcomed her on Heldenplatz in central Vienna where she arrived on Sunday after a tour de force of more than 100 km in two days. We would like to express our special thanks to Nina and Christian Burscha and their team at Folieren Austria who lovingly and beautifully re-wrapped Rosie’s trailer “Ice Chick”, her mobile home for the duration – and donated their work! On Thursday evening, Rosie went on towards Bratislava and Budapest – follow her here. We will continue to report on her journey!

#RosieRuns – Charity Run from England to Nepal

#RosieRuns – Charity Run from England to Nepal

Lovely Rosie Swale-Pope is currently running from England to Nepal for PHASE – on 26 May she will be in Vienna. Of course we are planning to give her an appropriate welcome. Join us at 12 am at Heldenplatz for a meet and greet! Rosie is one impressive lady – 2003 to 2005 she went on ‘Just a Little Run Around the World’ in support of cancer research. And after that, she didn’t stop and took on challenge after challenge, for instance a run across the US. Until she broke her hip in 2018 – while doing her laundry! The doctors didn’t give her much hope she would walk, let […]

4 years ago the earthquake hit

4 years ago the earthquake hit

4 years ago today, at 11:56 local time, the earthquake in Nepal devastated the central districts of the country – we remember the nearly 9,000 dead and the survivors who still have to cope with the aftermath. PHASE Nepal immediately began to organize disaster relief, and since then has been very active in supporting reconstruction efforts in affected communities. On this anniversary, we would also like to thank our many supporters and donors who contributed to these efforts. Four years after the earthquake, the effects of the quakes are still very present in the affected regions, as an article in the Kathmandu Post describes.

Newsletter April 2019

Newsletter April 2019

Just in time for the Nepali New Year, we are happy to present our April newsletter with information on our activities in Austria, an invitation to visit the exhibition “Nepal Art Now” at the Weltmuseum Wien with us, and the most recent developments in our Urban Health project in Kathmandu. Our newsletter is published roughly every three months, unfortunately only in German. If you would like to subscribe, please write a short e-mail to info@phaseaustria.org!

World Health Day

World Health Day

World Health Day is a reminder that the human right to health and wellbeing defined in Goal 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is far from being ensured, in particular in resource-poor countries of the Global South and amongst disadvantaged groups. The PHASE family have been working to help provide quality primary health care to remote Nepali communities, in particular to mothers and children.

Solutions to a silent disaster

Solutions to a silent disaster

Article on the challenges in the Karnali region by Brita Pohl Recently Brita Pohl published an article focused on the situation of women and children in an Austrian feminist development journal, the frauen*solidartität. In the article, she describes the huge challenges the people in the region face, and shows how PHASE’s integrated approach, which does not address health, education and lack of resources as separate problems, but supports local communities in finding solutions in all three sectors in order to empower them. We would like to thank the frauen*solidarität journal for their permission to publish the article here! We apologize for not being able to provide a translation of the […]

ADA funding for health project

ADA funding for health project

Our Integrated Project to Improve Maternal and Child Health with a Focuson Nutrition in Mugu in western Nepal will be funded by the Austrian Development Agency for an additional three years. The project aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in one of the poorest and least developed districts of Nepal, in particular by improving health services and nutrition for mothers and children in two rural municipalities. The project continues the ADA-funded framework programme in the region and is part of an integrated programme in the district which includes a nutrition and agriculture project that mainly aims to improve food security by introducing greenhouse vegetable gardening and improving small animal husbandry.

Newsletter December 2018

Newsletter December 2018

In our December Newsletter, we can report the approval of a project proposal for a maternal and child health project in Mugu District by the ADA (Austrian Development Agency), the start of our Urban Health project in Kathmandu (supported by the City of Vienna), the completion of the construction of an Outreach Clinic in Hagam, and developments with PHASE Austria. Unfortunately, the newsletter is currently only available in German. We would be glad to hear your opinion and ideas for our work!

Completion of Hagam Outreach Clinic Reconstruction

Completion of Hagam Outreach Clinic Reconstruction

In September the reconstruction of the Hagam outreach clinic was completed, which ensures the long-term health provision for the community of Yanglakot with its population of ca. 3,000 people. The building includes a birthing room, a surgery, storeroom and office, and of course has access to safe water and toilets. PHASE staff are already working in this new building since mid-September. The new building was essential as the temporary ORC quarters, where PHASE Nepal staff had been working since the earthquakes, were not only too small, but stood in the path of a landslide that had devasted the community in 2016. We would like to thank NAK Humanitas for supporting […]

Feedback from PHASE beneficiaries

Feedback from PHASE beneficiaries

PHASE Nepal is implementing a participatory video project, which enables the direct beneficiaries of PHASE projects to voice their opinions in short videos. The video below is from one of the project communities in Mugu District in the Karnali Region, where PHASE Nepal implements health, education and food security projects, also with support from PHASE Austria. Besides the positive feedback we noticed that one of the speakers draws attention to how hard PHASE staff work, and another already thinks ahead and suggests PHASE should also invest in market-oriented agriculture projects besides helping farmers produce enough for their own consumption.

Project introduction at award ceremony

Project introduction at award ceremony

A lovely short film introduces our maternal and child healthcare project in Mugu which was awarded the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Preis für medizinische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. The film was shown at the award ceremony in November 2017, and beautifully illustrates PHASE’s integrated approach: health, education, and livelihoods projects combine to empower people in these remote villages and encourage them to advocate for their rights themselves. We would like to thank the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung for usage rights and Ms Simone Utler for this film and in particular for preparing an English version, too!