Trip to Nepal with PHASE Worldwide
I recently spent 2 weeks visiting a small hill village in rural Nepal in the region of Sindhupalchok.
The purpose of my visit was to volunteer as a GP mentor to community health workers at their Health Posts. I had previously visited the same area in 2011 but since then the area has been badly affected by the earthquakes in 2015 with destruction of virtually all of the buildings including the main health post. Clinics are now held in a tent shown in the picture. I spent my time with 3 health workers – Deepika, Janak and Newton, who do an excellent job of treating and providing health education to the local community with minimal resources. My role was to teach consultation, examination and diagnostic skills.
Clinic at Fulpingkot Health Post
Part of one of the health post was still standing but was further damaged by another earthquake during my stay. Most people are living in temporary buildings made from corrugated iron, reclaimed wood from their houses and tarpaulins. Phase Nepal also give agricultural advice and support and health and educational support and training in schools. More information can be found on www.phaseworldwide.org.
Dr Jennie Bailey December 2015
Earthquake damage to remaining room at Dhuscot clinic
Dhuscot Clinic with Deepika and Newton
Giving Health education in a nearby village.