COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (CHEP) – Phase IV
COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (CHEP) – Phase III
CHARITY SUPPORT PROGRAM (CSP)
COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC (CHC)
STRENGTHENING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AND RESOURCE CENTRE (SPHCRC)
COMMUNITY NUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY PROJECT (CNFSP)
MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH PROJECT (MNCH)
COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (CHEP)
COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (CHEP) – Phase IV

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (CHEP) – Phase III

CHEP III is a community-based project that aims to improve the health status and livelihoods of poor and marginalized communities. The project focuses on improving livelihoods among the four poorest ethnic communities of Dhading District: the Chepangs, Dalits, Kumals, and Tamangs; as well as among people with disabilities. CHEP III is the continuation and expansion of the Integrated Primary Health Care Project (IPHCP), the first outreach project of Shanti Nepal which began in July 2005. The current three-year project (2015-2017) covers a total of 21 Village Development Committees (VDCs) and six wards of the Neelkantha Municipality, Dhading. The project area has been expanded from the southern to the central and northern parts of the district as far as the border with Tibet. The project serves approximately 33,000 households and 158,000 people; empowering them to undertake basic development activities and improving their access to primary health care services, sanitation, and safe drinking water facilities.

Key Activities

  1. Raising awareness on health issues in families and community groups, with a focus on mother and child health.
  2. Strengthening local health facilities to deliver accessible quality primary health care.
  3. Empowering and mobilizing local Community Development Groups and Mothers' Groups.
  4. Promoting nutritional practices.
  5. Promoting environmental sanitation and safe drinking water.
  6. Supporting local income generation.

CHARITY SUPPORT PROGRAM (CSP)

(Previously known as SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAM) 

The Charity Support Program exists to support ‘one of’ cases of need that Shanti Nepal staff become aware of in the communities they work. Staff often encounter people in the community who require immediate financial, material, social, or psychological assistance. These people range from disaster victims to helpless women, children, elderly people, and those with disabilities. Shanti Nepal endeavors to provide physical, social, psychological, and spiritual support to the people with special needs from our project areas through the Charity Support Program (CSP). The program is funded by the generous gift of staff who donate a small part of their salary each month to the fund and also from other private donors.

The CSP comprises four programs:

Scholarship: Shanti Nepal runs a scholarship program that provides support to children with special needs or from ultra-poor families. The scholarship gives priority to students attending grade school at government or community schools, however, consideration is also given to students in other circumstances.

Support for Medical Treatment: Shanti Nepal provides financial support to individuals in need who require medical treatment with priority given to those whose cases have been referred to a hospital. The support also includes transportation costs when necessary.

Disaster Relief Support: Shanti Nepal provides relief support to households affected by small-scale disasters such as floods, fires, landslides, lightning, etc. The aim of this support is to restore basic daily life for families after these emergency situations.

Livelihood Support: Shanti Nepal also may provide one-time livelihood support to victims of disaster or individuals with special needs based on the recommendation of project staff.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC (CHC)

The Community Health Clinic is located in the remote community of Namtar in the northwest part of Makwanpur District, about 15 kilometers from the Tribhuvan Highway. It is run in partnership with Prem Sewa Samaj, a local Christian organization that was established in October 2011 with support from Shanti Nepal. Shanti Nepal provides technical and administrative support for the CHC, channels external funding to manage it, and helps to build the management capacity of Prem Sewa Samaj. Because of the remoteness of the location and the poor transportation facilities, it is difficult for people in and around the community to access health care. The CHC provides these communities with accessible quality primary health care at a low cost. It serves about 26,000 people from four VDCs, mostly from poor ethnic communities such as Tamangs, Chepangs, and Dalits.

Key Activities

  1. Raising awareness of health issues in families and community groups, including improved hygiene, sanitation, and health practices that prevent disease.
  2. Providing basic primary health care services at a low cost; including basic emergency and maternity services.
  3. Training and mobilizing local health volunteers

STRENGTHENING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE AND RESOURCE CENTRE (SPHCRC)

Primary Health Care and Resource Centre (PHCRC), established in 2005, provides comprehensive primary medical care to people in its surrounding community without discrimination. The center is a model in the country, delivering primary health care under community ownership; it shares a strong management partnership with Shanti Nepal. In 2008 Shanti Nepal handed all management responsibility to the local health center management committee but remain the main partner NGO offering financial support, networking and capacity development support. PHCRC provides quality primary health care and birthing center facilities to poor and lower-middle-class families and school children through Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI).

Key Activities

  1. Maintaining and expanding existing medical services.
  2. Expanding Maternal/Child health services.
  3. Promoting Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI).
  4. Strengthening clinical and managerial staff and management capacity.
  5. Repair and maintenance of facilities.

COMMUNITY NUTRITION AND FOOD SECURITY PROJECT (CNFSP)

The Community Nutrition and Food Security Project (NFSP) has completed its three-year planned activities (October 2013 to December 2016) and is in a transitional phase (January to March 2017). The project was implemented in six VDCs in the southern Dhading District; namely Jogimara, Dhusa, Benighat, Mahadevsthan, Gajuri, and Pida. Targeting the marginalized Chepang communities of the VDCs, the project aimed to improve the nutritional status of Chepang communities, focusing on women and children under the age of 5.

Key Activities

  1. Working in consultation with DHO Nutrition Department to improve nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and children under 5.
  2. Increasing food access and availability through household production and Income Generation activities.
  3. Increased capacity of Shanti Nepal & Nepal Chepang Association members to implement and manage food security programming.

MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH PROJECT (MNCH)

Earthquake and its effect left the maternal and neonatal health more devastated in remote areas and the MNCH project was implemented across six VDCs (Nalang, Salang, Maidi, Dhola, Khari, Chainpur) of remote areas of Dhading District, the overall goal of MNBCH is to improve maternal and child (<5) health. The project contributes to the goal of the Second Long Term Health Plan (1997-2017) "to achieve 100% access to primary health care" to the remote and marginalized communities in the VDCs. The project focuses on maternal and neonatal child health with behavior change. Shanti Nepal works on capacity strengthening of local health facilities and equips them to provide the quality services for which close coordination has been done.

Key Activities

  1. Various awareness and training activities among Mothers Groups, the training of FCHVs, and community-wide initiatives such as cultural and seasonal folk songs rewritten with maternal and child health messages, and radio and film broadcasts.
  2. Providing support for a Health Facility Assessment and funding made available for basic medical supplies/equipment for families in need. Health staff was also encouraged to provide better counseling to caregivers of children with ARI.
  3. The promotion of capacity building encouraged stakeholders to prepare plans, improve management systems, and effectively monitor their services. Similarly, Mother Groups were mobilized and assisted in building the capacity and effectiveness of their group.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECT (CHEP)

CHEP III is a community-based project that aims to improve the health status and livelihoods of poor and marginalized communities. The project focuses on improving livelihoods among four ultra-poor ethnic communities, the Chepangs, Dalits, Kumals, and Tamangs, as well as among people with disabilities. CHEP III is the continuation and expansion of the Integrated Primary Health Care Project (IPHCP), the first outreach project of Shanti Nepal, started in July 2005. The current three-year project (2015-2017) covers a total of 21 Village Development Committees (VDCs) and six wards of Neelkantha Municipality in Dhading. The project area has been expanded from the southern to the central and northern parts of the district as far as the border with Tibet. The project serves about 33,000 households and 158,000 people, empowering them to undertake basic development activities and improving their access to primary health care services, sanitation, and safe drinking water facilities. Shanti Nepal runs this project in partnership with the local government and non-governmental organizations.

Key Activities

  1. Raising awareness on health issues in families and community groups, with a focus on mother and child health
  2. Strengthening local health facilities to deliver accessible quality primary care
  3. Empowering and mobilizing local Community Development and Mothers' Groups
  4. Promoting nutritional practices
  5. Promoting environmental sanitation and safe drinking water
  6. Supporting local income generation

COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC

The Community Health Clinic is located in the remote community of Namtar in the northwest part of Makwanpur District, about 15 kilometers from the Tribhuban Highway. It is run in partnership with Prem Sewa Samaj, a local Christian organization that was established in October 2011 with support from Shanti Nepal. Shanti Nepal provides technical and administrative support for the CHC, channels external funding to manage it, and helps to build the management capacity of Prem Sewa Samaj. Because of the remoteness of the location and the poor transportation facilities, it is difficult for people in and around the community to access health care. The CHC provides these communities with accessible quality primary health care at a low cost. It serves about 26,000 people from four VDCs, mostly from poor ethnic communities like the Tamangs, Chepangs, and Dalits. The CHC’s objectives are as follows:

  1. To raise awareness of health issues in families and community groups
  2. To provide basic primary health care services at a low cost
  3. To train and mobilize local health volunteers