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Current information on our projects in Nepal, about what is going on in Austria, and general information on developments in Nepal. For more information, visit our facebook page, watch videos on our youtube channel, or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter (in German).

Unfortunately, our past news items were written in German only – and while we are planning to translate them, this will take some time. Thank you for your patience!

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.

Monitoring visit to Hagam

Monitoring visit to Hagam

In March, Brita Pohl (PHASE Austria Chairperson) had the opportunity to visit Hagam (Sindhupalchokk District) for the first time since 2007. The group joining the Hagam PHASE staff included Rudra Neupane and Prem Bahadur Bhattarai (PHASE Nepal Programme Managers), Dr. Gerda Pohl (PHASE health advisor), Margaret Lally (PHASE Worldwide Board member) and Tom Edwards (PHASE Worldwide Director). The 2015 earthquakes and a devastating landslide in the same year, Yanglakot village, where PHASE Austria implemented its first project ever – the construction of a secondary school – was nearly completely destroyed. Currently, PHASE supports the reconstruction of an outreach clinic in this community (funded by NAK Humanitas). One of the lovely […]

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!