Posted on: 14 June, 2020
During the COVID-19 lockdown, PHASE’s health staff are continuing to serve vulnerable, remote communities in Nepal, throughout the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Our PHASE ANMs and health staff continue to serve as a link between vulnerable communities and quality healthcare, identifying patients with health problems, counselling, diagnosing, treating, and referring patients to higher centers. During this unprecedented time, PHASE’s mission to serve and empower the vulnerable with quality healthcare is more important than ever before.
Bhee, Mugu– This is a story of how PHASE ANMs continues to support women with reproductive health issues such as uterine prolapse, still not an uncommon condition for women in remote regions of Nepal. M.K is a 60 year old woman living with her son and daughter-in-law. Her family is very poor and through strenuous farming and daily wage labor manage to earn a daily living.
During the past year, M.K experienced severe back and lower abdominal pain as well as painful urination. She kept the pain to herself, uncomfortable and shy to share her problem with her family.
After the pain in the lower back and abdomen became unbearable, she could no longer sit in silence. On the 6th of May, 2020, M.K finally came to the PHASE supported clinic in Bhee to seek help and disclose her pain.
After her checkup, M.K was diagnosed with a second degree Uterine Prolapse and treated with a Ring Pessary to support her cervix. They reassured her, reminded her to maintain perennial hygiene, and come to the health post to replace the Ring Pessary from time to time as well as for follow up meetings. After a few days, M.K’s condition had vastly improved; she no longer felt the discomfort and pain as she worked on the fields.
M.K appreciated PHASE health staff and said, “I was feeling very uncomfortable to share my pain and problems to anyone. When I shared what was happening with you, I felt so much better. Now, you treated and helped me solve my problem. Thank you so much.”
Though Uterine Prolapse is unfortunately a common issue faced by women in rural Nepal, women like M.K feel ashamed and embarrassed to speak with anyone about it and suffer in silence. PHASE helps break the suffering of uterine prolapsed women by providing skilled and empathetic health workers to provide quality healthcare in rural communities across Nepal.