Public Health Concern Trust, Nepal (phect-NEPAL) is a secular, non-political, not-for-profit national level Non-government Organization (NGO) committed to health development. It was founded in 1991, with the overall objective of developing a model of sustainable community health care throughout rural Nepal. Despite the progress in development made in Nepal in recent decades, life for the majority of the people remains well below a satisfactory level.
IDRF Partner Since: 2012
Focus Area(s): Health and Disaster Rehabilitation
Project Title: Managing Genital Prolapse in Women
A genital prolapse is a downward or forward displacement of one of the pelvic organs from its normal location in females. In Nepal over 25% women are estimated to be suffering from Utero-Vaginal Prolapse (UVP) that causes genital organs along with urinary bladder and rectum to come out from their original location. As a result, these women have a miserable and degraded life. Majority of women with prolapse cannot make use of surgical services as they are concentrated in or near large urban areas and they also lack financial means required to cover the cost of the treatment. IDRF has helped conduct free surgical remedies to the needy women with severe prolapse at Kathmandu Model Hospital.
In 2017, with grants from IDRF, 39 patients had successful surgeries and in-patients’ post-operative care for a week following the surgery at no cost to them. Several outreach free health camps are regularly organized for women, which address the awareness and preventive measures for prolapse.
Rudra Kumari Shreshtha, 58, was suffering from pelvic organ prolapse for 25 years and was reluctant to share her problems. When her daughter-in-law forced her to seek medical consultation, the doctors found out that she was suffering from pelvic organ prolapse, stage 3. Despite her financial hardships, she underwent a surgery and one week of free post-operative care supported by IDRF and phect-Nepal. When she was discharged, she left the hospital with a big smile on her face and feeling free from 25 years of suffering.
Menuka Basola, a 67 years old female was brought to the hospital after suffering from prolapse for three years. She as very reluctant to share her medical problem at home and finally one day, when her son saw her in great discomfort, he immediately brought her to the hospital. Upon examination, the doctors found out that she was suffering from pelvic organ prolapse, stage 3. She underwent a successful surgery and was given one week of post-operative care at no cost to her. When she was discharged, she left the hospital with a big smile on her face.