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.
Due to blockade in Nepal for the last 5 months, resulting in border obstruction at the Indo-Nepal border, our consignments with critical medical supplies have been stuck at the Calcutta port, India. These consignments are to be donated to District Public Health Office in Kavre, one of the highly earthquake affected districts. We are in the process of releasing the consignment by re-routing it to another border point. And most likely, we will have the shipment released and donated to the government hospital by end of February.
Currently, 150 girls are enrolled in this school, and our goal is 220 girls by June of 2016. In order to accommodate this growth, we have made plans to build a third floor to the school. The long term goal for this school is to reach enrollment of 500 students. Through this project, the school seeks to offer vocational training to both students and local women that includes tailoring, typing, and computer skills that will help them to become financially independent and contribute economically in the future.
This region severely lacks skilled human resources, resulting in poor maternal, infant, and child health care. The government of Nepal has prioritized recruiting more trained midwives who can help deliver healthcare to their rural regions. Currently the Karuna Girl’s College is sponsoring 4 women graduates in the Palpa Midwifery Program. We are exploring opportunities to help the school in fostering midwifery education and producing more skilled midwives to tackle the current challenges. Longer-term plans of the school include providing midwifery and nursing programs.women. Land close to Karuna Girls School has been procured to build a hospital, and plans are moving forward.