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Life-Saving Health Services Resume in Pahade

Pahade, one of the settlements in Lele VDC, is located three kilometers far from the PHCC (Primary Health Care Center). The community consists of 122 households (Pahari: 84, Chhetri: 37 and Dalit: 1) and has a population of 640.

Previously, primary health care out-reach clinic (PHC/ORC) was conducted in Pahade from a private house. Monthly 35-40 locals visited the clinic for antenatal check-up (ANC), immunization, family planning services, and nutrition programs— for newly delivered women and infants, growth monitoring and arm circumference measurement of the mother and child.

As the Gorkha Earthquake toppled the house to the ground, completely buried all medical equipment with it, ORC was conducted irregularly from shops or temporary shelters. Due to lack of a fixed address of the PHC/ORC, locals were unable to get health care services. Pregnant women were forced to travel a long distance to the primary health care clinic (PHCC) just for an ANC checkup.

Earthquake damage assessment conducted by GNI Nepal in its catchment area identified the need of a PHC/ORC building in Pahade. Coincidently, a South Korean actress, on a tour organized by GNI visited Pahade Community and learned about the lack of the PHC/ORC building, the problem it was creating in providing of life-saving medical services and GNI Nepal’s reconstruction plans for the area. She immediately pledged financial support for constructing the building.

GNI Nepal shared the building reconstruction plan with the District Public Health Office (DPHO). DPHO later coordinated for a meeting with the Health Facility Operation Management Committee (HFOMC) – laying foundation for the reconstruction. One of the community members, without request, wished to donate the required land. Community members contributed manual labor. GNI Nepal provided technical and financial support.

In December 2016, a single story PHC/ORC building with a check-up room, waiting room, and toilet was constructed and it was handed over to the community in January 2017. Now, the residents of Pahade can access basic health services on a regular basis and at a fixed address.

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