The Croft Surgery

Kirkbride, Carlisle, Cumbria CA7 5JH

Dr Peter White in charity cycle challenge

Dr Peter White is attempting to cycle from London to Paris covering 210 miles in 3 days from the 4th to the 7th May, raising funds for PHASE worldwide in the process.

PHASE aims to improve the livelihoods of rural people in Nepal by providing immediate support through health care and education services, and to create opportunities in communities for self-empowerment.

Dr White learned of the health programme and the work of PHASE health workers and has volunteered to travel to Nepal to assist with the programme after his retirement from the Croft Surgery in a year’s time.

The PHASE health workers in NEPAL provide health education and awareness campaigns, family planning and maternal and child health advice, treatment of most common health problems, and are the first point of call in any health-related emergency. To all intents and purposes they perform the role of rural GPs, treating problems from typhoid fever to broken bones, dental care and tooth extractions, and they help to deliver babies safely, either in the health facility or at the woman’s home. PHASE staff undertake preventative health programmes like childhood vaccinations, antenatal care and family planning. Health awareness is also important and guidance is given on nutrition, worm-infestation, the problems associated with smoke from indoor open fires, safe water and sanitation. The staff are active leaders in the community and encourage participation and advocacy for health rights.

Peter has done a number of long distance cycle rides but describes himself as “a tourist on a bicycle rather than a cyclist”. He reported that he was very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the work of PHASE in Nepal, meanwhile he has signed up for the cycle challenge to help raise funds for the charity.

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