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IMPROVING THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION

AND INCREASING THE HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF 1,500 CARERS OF MENTALLY ILL INDIVIDUALS IN NEPAL

  • LOCATION

    Baglung and Myagdi, Nepal

  • PROJECT DATES

    July 2014 – June 2017

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    PROJECT PARTNERS

    LEADS Nepal

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    FUNDER

    UK Aid Direct

Prior to this project, there was no support of any kind targeting carers of people with mental illness and epilepsy in the region.

The results of our baseline survey conducted at the start of the project showed that 25% of carers were isolated, 69% experienced physical health problems, 77% were depressed or anxious and 97% of carers and their households lived below the poverty line.

 

As well impacting the lives of carers, this project had a significant impact on the relatives for whom they care and other members of their households as a result of sustainable increases in household income, improved wellbeing of the carer and greater awareness amongst community members and local professionals about the vulnerability of carers.

 

After three years, the project achieved the following:

  • 57 support groups were created, bringing together 870 carers for emotional support and local advocacy activities
  • 473 local professionals and volunteers were trained and are now assisting carers in accessing counselling and medical support
  • 994 carers were trained in livelihoods that can co-exist with their caring responsibilities
  • 10 Community Caring Centres were established to provide respite care
  • 285 child carers were reintegrated into school
  • 2 District-Level Carers Associations and 2 Carers Co-operatives were formed to raise the voice of carers to local government and stakeholders

 

Significantly, at the conclusion of the project, 88% of the families involved in the project reported having regular incomes that lifted them above the poverty line (compared to 3% at the start of the project). 67% of carers reported that their health needs were reducing and 55% had alternative care options available to them.

 

Our work with LEADS Nepal continues in the project districts, and the carer-led Carers Associations and Carers Co-operatives continue to go from strength to strength.

ACTION FOR CARERS

TRANSFORMING LIVES, POLICIES AND PRACTICE FOR UNPAID FAMILY CARERS IN NEPAL

  • LOCATION

    Kaski & Syangia, Nepal

  • PROJECT DATES

    January 2016 – December 2016

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    PROJECT PARTNERS

    LEADS Nepal

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    FUNDER

    James Tudor Foundation

The aim of this project was to improve physical and mental health, promote social inclusion and increase household income for 200 family carers of individuals with mental illness or disability.

17 carers groups were formed, bringing together 162 carers to discuss their needs, develop alternative care options for each other and make representation to local government officials. To ensure sustainability, 18 local health volunteers were trained to enable these groups and activities to continue after the project had ended.

 

122 carers took up a range of new livelihoods activities such as goat and chicken rearing, increasing household income and enabling them to meet the financial needs of their loved ones such as purchasing vital medicines. Engagement in income generating activities also resulted in promoting the carers’ sense of self-esteem. 50 child carers returned to school, helped by teachers who were specially trained by the project to understand and support them.

``A year ago we were alone. Now we are supported and included. I have a vision for my daughter’s future now.``

Hum Kumar Khatri

Mother of 11 year-old Sabina who has Cerebral Palsy

EARTHQUAKE RELIEF

AND REHABILITATION

  • LOCATION

    Baglung and Myagdi, Nepal

  • PROJECT DATES

    April 2015 – March 2016

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    PROJECT PARTNERS

    BasicNeeds & LEADS Nepal

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    FUNDER

    Scott Bader Company Limited & Individual Donors

Following the devastating earthquake on 25th April 2015, which was followed by further quakes, aftershocks and landslides, Carers Worldwide launched an appeal with our strategic partner BasicNeeds to bring immediate relief and longer term rehabilitation to the residents of Baglung and Myagdi districts.

Working with our partner LEADS, our specific focus was individuals living with mental illness and epilepsy, their carers and their families. In disaster relief situations, these especially vulnerable individuals often face significant challenges . They also typically miss out on rehabilitation initiatives.

 

Our joint appeal raised over £28,000 which enabled:

  • Relief supplies (food, water, tents, blankets and emergency medicines) to residents in our project villages
  • House rebuilding/repair for 20 families
  • Psychosocial support (medicines and counselling) to over 700 individuals with existing or newly emerging mental ill-health and their carers
  • Disaster-preparedness training to residents in 20 project villages

 

In addition, the Scott Bader Company Limited provided generous support to enable us to support carers of people with mental illness and epilepsy to rebuild livelihoods which were damaged or completely destroyed by the effects of the earthquake.

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