Basic Health Counsellor Training - Akasha Academy

Basic Health Counsellor Training

We will offer a one-year practical Basic Health Counsellor training to up to 30 young women in the Suntakhan area on the premises of the Akasha Academy NGO. This project is being realized in cooperation with our German partner organization Long Yang e.V. and is mostly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The one-year practical training, which is unique in Nepal so far, will start in May 2021, with a one year delay due to the Covid-19 crisis. Taking all the economical and health related challenges into account that Nepal has been facing since the start of the pandemic, the importance of the program becomes even more obvious. 

Students will receive a training in the areas of basic health, hygiene and health counselling will be offered on the premises of the Akasha Academy NGO, which is unique in Nepal so far. The program is specifically targeting women from the region, who generally have little chance of further training due to the socio-cultural situation in Nepal. The training provides them with practical knowledge and skills in the health sector and above all the perspective of an alternative career path. They are enabled to earn their own income with the successful completion of the training as health counsellors and at the same time actively contribute to improving the health situation of the region.

Background and initial situation

Nepal landscape

Nepal is one of many countries that does not have a nationwide state health system. For many people, financial, socio-cultural, geographical and institutional barriers make access to adequate health and medical care difficult. Information and advice on a healthy lifestyle are still rare. Women in particular are affected by the underprovision of health care, who generally have even less access to the health system than men. The lack of basic medical knowledge and hygiene in the local population often leads to health problems, avoidable diseases and an overall reduced quality of life. Information and advice on a healthy lifestyle are still rare. Greater awareness and deeper knowledge strengthen people’s own initiative in health issues, which can help to improve the health situation.

New perspectives for women and improvement of education opportunities

For young women in Nepal, their education usually ends after graduating from secondary school, as they traditionally marry afterwards and focus on family life.
The newly designed training program is intended to strengthen the independence and autonomy of women in particular. After completing the certified training, they will be able to work as “Basic Health Counsellors” and pass on the theoretical and practical knowledge they have acquired on basic health issues such as hygiene, nutrition and women’s health to the community in Suntakhan and beyond.

A role model – Vision of the project

The practical health counselling is initially intended to improve the health situation of the population in Suntakhan. The aim is to strengthen the population’s knowledge of basic health by individual counselling for families, knowledge transfer via workshops in schools and public events, and thus promoting a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
In the long term, the training initiative for health counselling should have an impact beyond the borders of Suntakhan. Once the program has been introduced in Suntakhan as a model, it will later be made available to other communities as an example to help improve the basic health of Nepal’s population, especially in rural areas.

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If you are interested in supporting the project with your knowledge, network or financially please get in touch

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Stages of Progress

You can find the latest updates on this project on this page, ordered by the latest news on top.

May 2020:
Preparations for the go-live of our program are in full throttle. Yet the Covid-19 pandemic has prevented the start of the Basic Health Counsellor Training. We cannot yet foresee when we can actually start the training, we will keep you informed here.

April 2020:
Admissions are open. Applications are accepted here.

March 2020:
The construction of the teaching facility for the Basic Health Counsellor training has been finished. (Only thing still missing is the flooring.)

Basic Health Counsellor Training facility in Suntakhan, Akasha Acadeny

January 2020:
Additional funding covering another part of the own financial contribution is granted by the Apo Bank Stiftung. We were therefore already able to fund the majority of our 2020 budget.

December 2019:
Additional funding covering a part of the own financial contribution is granted by the Rolf Buscher Stiftung.

December 2019:
Construction work starts on the grounds of the Akasha Academy NGO in Suntakhan. We are excited to see this long-planned project physically come to life now.

November 2019:
The project is approved by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

May 2019:
Application for project funding handed in to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.