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We wish all our supporters and friends a very happy New Year! After this year, which, in very different ways, has been so difficult for all of us but also saw some wonderful successes, we are cautiously optimistic for this coming year. Amongst others, a substantial grant from the Austrian Development Agency will enable us to support a new health, livelihoods and education programme in four communities in Bajura and Humla over the next three years.
In our December newsletter, you will find current information on our activities in Austria and developments in our projects in Nepal. Unfortunately, the newsletter is only available in German; to subscribe, please write a short e-mail to email@example.com
In December, we are launching a new project in Bama, Mugu. The project, funded by the City of Vienna, aims to improve the commmunity’s drinking water supply, at the same time relieving the burden of carrying water for women and girls, and in general improving the sanitary situation in these villages. For more information, please see the project description. PHASE Austria has been supporting the PHASE health programme in Bama since 2018. The project duration is one year. We would like to thank the City of Vienna for its support!
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.
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 […]
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 – […]
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. […]
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.
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.
This short video gives an insight into the livelihoods and nutrition compoment of PHASE’s approach: by making available some materials and, most importantly, training and knowledge, we achieve a significant improvement in the lives of the people of Mugu.
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, […]
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.
Our PHASE Austria Newsletter (in German) provides information on Brita Pohl’s monitoring visit to the PHASE projects in Mugu in November, but also reports the start of a new girls empowerment project in neighbouring Bajura, and the visit of an Austrian Development Agency representative to the Mugu project area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
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 […]
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!