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Investing in sustainability: PFR and PHASE Worldwide

By Maria Santos

Digital Marketing Manager


Since 2015, People for Research have partnered with PHASE Worldwide, a Bristol-based non-governmental organization (NGO) who work to empower isolated communities in the Nepalese Himalayas through health, education and livelihood opportunities.

As part of this relationship, People for Research began last year to support Indra, a PHASE health worker. Indra was working as part of the PHASE team in Nepal by delivering vital medical services to remote communities who would otherwise have no access to health care.

Indra was based in the village of Maila, one of the most remote places in the world – located three to four days walk from Simikot, headquarters of Humla District. The village lacks access to basic health care and transportation and the journey to access health care would take many days, were it not for the PHASE project in this isolated community.

Although Indra has now moved on to return home and begin her own family, the support People for Research provides through PHASE Worldwide has continued to support the Maila health post and enables it to continue to provide a number of health programmes to the local area.

These programmes include:

* Village cleaning programmes
* School health education programmes
* Community health education programmes
* Clinic health education programmes
* Female community health volunteer meetings

To name a few statistics, between April 2015 and March 2016, 8,057 patients were treated in Maila. 53 babies were delivered and 656 people benefited from their door-to-door health education programme.

Local people, especially women, often cannot read or write, and have little access to reliable health information. For many, the programmes are the only opportunity they get to learn more about health and get advice about the causes and treatment of common health problems.

Read more about the health post in Maila 

People for Research care passionately about corporate social responsibility and supporting projects such as these in Maila. We feel that we have a close bond with PHASE, since the charity’s current Director, Sarah Galvin, once worked with People for Research and even shared offices with us after bringing PHASE Worldwide to Bristol.

We also feel that, as a fast-growing company, it’s our responsibility to look outside our bubble and help populations that have limited access to healthcare and education.

September has been a really important month for us. We have been working with our charity partners, like PHASE, to spread the word about projects worth helping and we are not done yet. We’ll keep developing our partnerships throughout the next few months, so keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Linkedin.

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About the author: Maria Santos is the Digital Marketing Manager at People for Research. You can find her on the People for Research’s Facebook or Twitter accounts, regularly engaging with potential participants, market research experts and the UX community.

About People for Research: We recruit participants for UX and usability testing and market research. We work with award winning UX agencies across the UK and partner with a number of end clients who are leading the way with in-house user experience and insight.

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