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UK Aid Direct provides guidance to applicants invited to full application stage

Downloadable resources now available to support successful applicants with preparing for the next stage

All applicants should have now been informed of the outcome of their concept note submissions.

 
For successful applicants invited to the next stage of the application you will have until 18 April to prepare and submit your full applications.

 
To support you with these we have compiled some guidance documents. These include financial guidelines as well as technical support.

 
We have also included copies of the presentations given at a webinar held on Thursday 16 March, 2017 for successful applicants.

 
There will be a further webinar on Thursday 23 March from 10am -12 noon (UK time) to respond to queries relating to full applications. Please click here to register for the webinar 

 
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications received we will not be able to provide individual feedback on concept notes, nor discuss the outcome of specific applications, to those applicants who were not successful this time. We will be providing feedback however, on common issues and themes relating to the projects in due course.

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate improvements in SRHR for women in rural Nepal

UK Aid Direct grant holder, PHASE Worldwide is currently working to improve the lives and sexual and reproductive health and rights of women in rural Nepal.

Few organisations work in such remote places as PHASE Worldwide. It takes 2-3 weeks to arrive by donkey here.
Few organisations work in such remote places as PHASE Worldwide.

The Karnali region, which takes 2-3 weeks of travel on a donkey to access, is one of the poorest and most remote areas in Nepal.

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The region has the highest proportion of women (35%) in Nepal who report receiving no antenatal care.

Contraceptive prevalence is lower than the national average and only 45% of women aged between 15 and 49 have reported receiving antenatal care (at least once) from a skilled individual, with just 29% of deliveries attended by a qualified health worker.

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PHASE Worldwide is making great strides to change these statistics.

The organisation employs qualified health workers who live in the community and work closely with government staff in health services.

Based in the government health centre 4 days a week, and conducting outreach activities 2 days a week, PHASE staff build strong relationships with local women’s groups and provide workshops and community meetings to offer a platform for discussions and working together.

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Health workers offer guidance on issues such as hygiene and the dangers from certain cultural practices such as Chhaupadi, when mothers are excluded from the family home during (and after) childbirth, and during menstruation.

Maila health post Humla: a PHASE Auxilary Nurse Midwife listens to baby's heartbeat

Maila health post Humla: a PHASE Auxilary Nurse Midwife listens to baby’s heartbeat

The major change that has happened as a result of this project is that many of the women in the region are attending the birthing centre to have their babies. Since PHASE started work in 2008 no women have died in childbirth in the village and very few babies have died, both common events before the project started.

The major change which has happened as part of this project is that many of the women in the region are attending the birthing centre to have their babies.

Thank you to PHASE Worldwide for sharing their stories and photographs with us.

A ‘coming of age event’ without FGM brings joy to a group of young girls in Kenya

Girls in the village of Lelu, in the Kipkelion area of Kenya, are usually at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) when they come of age.

Funding from UK Aid Direct to the UK NGO Friends of Kipkelion, in collaboration with its local partners in Kenya, Brighter Communities Worldwide, has enabled local community health volunteers to run a specially devised ‘alternative rite of passage’ course to FGM.

Photo: Parade through Lelu village organised to publicly denounce FGM
Parade through Lelu village organised to publicly denounce FGM

The local primary school in Lelu was the setting for the week-long residential course, which was attended by 50 girls, and community members contributed food for the girls’ meals.

By the end of the week, the girls were so proud to have ‘come of age’ through this alternative event that a parade through the village was organised to publicly denounce FGM and to declare Lelu as an FGM-free zone. 

One girl who took the course was so empowered that she has offered to return and work as a facilitator on the course next year.

Another girl who took the course had agreed to an early marriage and was about to leave primary school. After attending the course, she withdrew her consent to the marriage and is now determined to continue her education in secondary school.

The momentum for the absolute abandonment of FGM in the area is growing and has been bolstered by the support of many of the local chiefs and elders, and the course organisers have been thanked for running the programme.

It is now planned that this ‘alternative rite of passage’ will be an annual event and campaigning to explain the dangers of FGM to the community will continue throughout the rest of the year, with facilitators from the project speaking out at community meetings, school meetings, weddings and other public gatherings.

Thank you to Friends of Kipkelion for sharing this story with us.