We have submitted a proposal that outlines plans to aid in supporting areas with high maternal and child mortality rates, and are in the process of re-routing vital medical supplies from the blockade at Calcutta Port, India to a different border point. We have also continued our partnership with the Karuna Girl’s College by assisting in education, expanding the facility, and purchasing nearby land to construct a hospital.
We have proposed a plan to launch a Community Outreach Program in areas with high maternal and child mortality rates, and poor health quality. We will be working in close coordination with existing groups in rural settings working to promote public health, and through a partnership with the District Department of Women and Child Development, we aims to provide support to FCHVs to hold monthly community health and nutrition awareness and training sessions, and assist FCHVs to conduct home visits for one-on-one counseling especially regarding maternal health and child nutrition. We expect this effort to result in significant reductions in the number of malnourished children under five and cause positive changes to behavior and hygiene patterns.
The containers could not reach Nepal at that time due to an unofficial economic blockade created by the Indian government. Nepal is a landlocked country, and the only way for the containers to enter Nepal was through an Indian customs port. With the Indian government blocking any containers from entering Nepal, the supplies had to stay in the Port of Kolkata for almost 6 months.
In January 2016, RMF’s Nepal team was finally able to receive the containers. After having obtained necessary approvals from appropriate authorities to distribute the consignment to the village health posts of Kavre, our team conducted a small ceremony and handed over the consignment to the District Health Office.