FAIRMED Nepal is closely monitoring the situation in its working districts and has been supporting local governments and provincial governments to respond to COVID-19 since the first case was reported in Nepal.After the recent directives from Social Welfare Council, FAIRMED has diverted some funds from its ongoing projects and working in partnership with the Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN) to speed up our support to government efforts for preparedness and response.
We have been reaching out to all levels of governments to provide any needed support and are regularly engaged in three central clusters- Health Cluster, Risk Communication and Community Engagement Cluster, Coordination, Planning and Monitoring Cluster-for synergizing efforts. Other non-budgetary support like dissemination of various guidelines, directives, action plans and instructions from concerned authorities is being continued to ensure all efforts are concentrated and as per the protocol set.
Essential Health Project (EHP) in partnership with partner NGO Kalika Self-Reliance Social Center (KSSC) is supporting the local government for combating the potential health crises in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in the country. As a part of the response, the project team in coordination with Ministry of Social and Development (MoSD) of Province -5 supported Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies which included 700 pairs of sterile and 850 pair of non-sterile gloves, 2000 disposable head covers, 55 bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, 32 bottles of disinfectant liquid and 65 pieces of handwashing soaps to two dedicated COVID-19 treatment centres i.e. Bhim Hospital- Bhairahawa and District Hospital-Taulihawa. The project handed over gloves, hand sanitizers, disinfectant liquid and handwashing soaps to 14 rural/municipalities of Kapilvastu & Rupandehi districts for infection prevention and control at quarantine facilities and peripheral health facilities.
Apart from that, EHP helped install WASH facilities (bucket, mugs, water bottles, soaps, etc) at Health Desks currently established along various corridors of India-Nepal Border in 10 rural municipalities of Kapilvastu district.With a purpose to raise awareness among community people for prevention of COVID-19, 15,000 pamphlets and 10 flex were printed and distributed in 18 EHP working municipalities of Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi West. Besides, the project also partnered with local FM stations in Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu to relay COVID-19 awareness jingles 2 times per day targeting the local community people.
Likewise, Rural Health and Improvement Project in coordination with Management Division and Department of Health Services also supplied 15 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Dhaulagiri Hospital, Baglung to address their immediate need. Apart from that, the project provided mattresses, bed covers, pillows and dustbins for 90 beds for setting up quarantine spaces in three municipalities of Sindupalchowk district namely Panch Pokhari, Melamchi and Helambu.
The Community Health Mobilizers has been assisting in screening foreign returnees and counseling them to get quarantined and also has been actively spreading awareness to the community people about handwashing, social distancing and other ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The project team is proactively participating in meeting organized by local government and providing technical support for the municipal health team for the preparedness and response plan.