COVID-19 | NEPAL, PREVENTION IN KALIKA AND NAUKUNDA

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The COVID 19 pandemic that affects the world today requires a level of response that goes beyond the capacity of any country. The government of Nepal is putting in place a series of measures to address the situation and international solidarity is needed to ensure that the country is fully prepared to face the pandemic and face its impact in all sectors.

WHERE THE INTERVENTION IS CARRIED OUT
The Rasuwa district is located in the central region of Nepal, in the Bagmati area, on the border with the autonomous region of Tibet. Rasuwa has about 43,300 inhabitants. 69% of the population of these communities belongs to the Tamang ethnic group and has been formally recognized as “Marginalized Indigenous People”. The literacy rate and awareness of health and hygiene behaviors are very low in the area. Rasuwa is one of the most vulnerable districts for COVID-19 infection due to an international border (Rasuwagadhi) with Tibet (China). Many migrant workers from different parts of Nepal and abroad have returned home (Rasuwa ) and stayed home without following quarantine rules.

WHY WE ACT IN THIS AREA
The risk of a health emergency is very high as there is no prevention system, compliance with basic hygiene rules and protection measures for the population. The people of Rasuwa live in fear. They fear the open borders, the repatriated migrants who have not followed the quarantine or have been tested for COVID-19. Some also fear that they will not get adequate treatment if they contract the virus due to the very limited health facilities that exist in Nepal. Fears have been exacerbated by the news that health workers are forced to work without adequate protection, which puts both them and patients at risk.

WHAT THE PROJECT CONSISTS IN
We will support the territory of the “Jibjibe Community Hospital” in the rural municipality of Kalika, of Rasuwa District, with an awareness campaign for 11,393 people and the neighboring municipality of Naukunda which has 11,824 people, through awareness and prevention campaigns by ASIA staff and with the support of health personnel (5 doctors, 5 nurses, 4 paramedics, 1 laboratory technician, 1 radiographer and 4 helpers / cleaners), 3 other members of the health personnel and 53 health volunteers.

These are the planned activities:
1. broadcasting of radio messages for the prevention of infection for 3 months in 2 different radios;
2. posting of 10 placards with hygiene promotion messages;
3. 20,000 flyers and 3,000 posters for Covid-19 prevention and hygiene promotion;
4. Information and orientation sessions in 30 villages in the 2 municipalities.

The beneficiaries of this intervention are the inhabitants of the municipalities of Kalika (11393 people) and Naukunda (11824 people).

Project financed by the Italian Episcopal Conference

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