These days Nepal celebrates Tihar, the festival of lights. We wish all the PHASE family, and in particular our Nepalese friends, a very happy Tihar!
The City of Vienna supported project “Food Security for Mugu” enabled the local farmers to organize a local market – an important step, as access to markets for perishable products is one of the main barriers in these remote villages, while there is local demand for fresh vegetables.
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.
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 […]
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!
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 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.
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 email@example.com!
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.
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 […]
At this year’s General Assembly our new board team was voted in – but the highlight of the evening was our guests, Dr. Gerda Pohl and Urmila Adhikari of PHASE Nepal who gave us fascinating insights into the details of the work in PHASE communities. For all those who missed it, her presentation was posted live on our facebook page.
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.
Around this time of the year, things tend to be busy, but it is also a good time to look back and be grateful for all the good things that happened last year, for all the support we received, the positive feedback, everything that went according to plan … We would like to thank all PHASE members, our donors and supporters, and wish them all restful holidays and a very happy 2019!
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!
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 […]
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.
Read about the latest developments in our projekts and with PHASE in our June 2018 Newsletter (in German), including news about City of Vienna funding for a project – Urban Health in Kathmandu – and the successful conclusion of our project School Access for Disadvantaged Children in Humla.
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!