Improving maternal and child health care and family planning in Nepal

Subject:
Health, maternal and neonatal health

Location:
Western Nepal, Bajura district

Duration:
01.01.2022 to 31.12.2024

Budget:
315.000 €, of which 300.000 € are granted by Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Target group reached:
6.200 women and adolescent girls, 4.300 children; 21.000 people in total in 38 villages

Challenges

In Nepal, rural women, mothers, newborns and children have difficult access to health care. Health facilities are inadequately equipped and medical staff often lack basic knowledge and skills. Girls are not adequately educated about menstrual health; on the contrary, menstruating women and girls as well as postpartum mothers are discriminated against as unclean and often excluded from the home.

Grandmother holds the newborn baby in her arms.

Project Goal

The project improves women’s and children’s access to health services and provides information on family planning by improving service quality in relevant health areas and health promotion. Maternal and child health is improved through mobilisation of local health workers, home visits and on-site screening, and improved equipment and management of health posts.

Young mother with her newborn baby after delivery in a maternity ward

Main activities

  • Specialised training of health workers and midwives
  • Equipping four health posts and birthing centres: building repairs, toilets, delivery rooms
  • Training and mobilisation of Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) attached to health services
  • Capacity development of local health authorities
  • Health education on reproductive health and family planning in mothers' groups and on menstrual health in schools

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