Health and education as child rights

Project period:
December 2012 - November 2014

PHASE Austria is implementing a comprehensive two-year project (December 2012 to November 2014) in 6 VDCs in Gorkha with the kind support of the City of Vienna from the Call “Children’s Rights and Development Cooperation”.

Project communities:
Lapu, Gumda, Uhiya, Kashigaun, Keraunja, Manbu, North Gorkha

The total population of the 6 VDCs of Gumda, Kashigaun, Uhiya, Karauja, Lapu and Manbu is just over 20,000 people, including about 6,500 children under the age of ten.

The main objective of the project is to improve the health situation and educational opportunities of children in the project area.

Gorkha district with the project communities
Gorkha district with the project communities

More goals:

    • Improve access to and utilisation of medical services for mothers and children.
    • Improve knowledge on reproductive health and newborn care and nutrition.
    • Improve knowledge on the principles of healthy nutrition for children, especially those under 5 years of age.
    • Improve knowledge on simple home-based treatment of common health problems and appropriate use of medical services.
    • Raise awareness on the right to health care and initiate advocacy for improving health care services at the district level.
    • Increase awareness among the population, especially disadvantaged groups, about the right to education and its importance, as well as the funding opportunities provided by the Government of Nepal.
Straßentheater zur Bewusstseinsbildung
Awareness-raising street theatre

To implement these goals, PHASE employed a total of three trained Auxiliary Nurse Midwives for the 6 project VDCs (Village Development Committees). A nurse or health assistant took over the supervision of the ANMs. Administrative and logistical support is provided by the PHASE Nepal Office in Kathmandu, and additional support is provided to the local staff by the network of PHASE staff in the existing PHASE activities in the region. The staff members are of course also involved in all PHASE Nepal training and development activities.

Each ANM is responsible for two VDCs, lives locally and builds a relationship with women and stakeholders. She also works closely with local government staff (the Sub Health Posts), and is particularly involved in maternal and child health (home visits after home births, puerperal and newborn check-ups, home visits for antenatal check-ups, and promotion of health post visits for them.

We expect this project to help bring about fundamental changes in the communities and raise awareness about the right to access health care and education.

We thank the City of Vienna for funding this project!

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The project was completed at the end of 2014, read the detailed project report HERE.