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Dolma, from Prok in the Gorkha district, experienced complications during pregnancy.

Tsering Sangmo, 60 years old and from Bihi in northern Gorkha, had breathing difficulties from smoke inhalation.

Chitra talks about her work as a Nurse Midwife in the PHASE Project Areas:

Chaupadi is a cultural practice seen in western Nepal, where women often sleep outside in the cow shed during child birth or menstruation.

Kanchimaya, from Macchekhola in the Gorkha region, talks about her prolonged labour.

Pabrita discusses old practices of child marriages and young pregnancies for girls, which sometimes resulted in births whilst they were working in the jungles. She praises the benefits of maternal health now being taught at primary level and women not being allowed to marry until they are 20 under Nepalese law:

Pasang is a 25 year old mother of two, she lives with her family in Lho village, Gorkha district – six days’ walk from the nearest road and she experienced life threatening pregnancy complications.

Asmita is an Early Child Development teacher and a member of one of the Tamang communities. She explains that there are barriers to development for these communities due to people having to learn Nepalese as a second language to access many services, such as education and healthcare:

Traditional healers are a group of people who PHASE works closely with, to allow them to expand on their knowledge and confidence in recognising health problems.

Sukmaya is 19 and lives in Sridibas village, Gorkha district. Read about how PHASE supported her during a breech birth.

Sarasoti describes how the healthcare training she has received through PHASE has enabled her to pass on vital information, including knowledge on breastfeeding and nutrition, to the wider communities:

Sanimaya lives in Hagam district. Read about how PHASE helped Sanimaya with Oral Rehydration Salts.

Chhewang Diki from Prok village in Gorkha district realised she was pregant with her eighth child at 40 years old, and PHASE supported her. 

Prabha, an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife, explains how important it is to visit women in their homes after they have given birth to encourage them to attend post-natal check-ups:

Family planning is a key area of our work, and our health workers supported Dhani Jaisi, a mother of eight children, and her family overcome the commons misconceptions and fears surrounding the issue.

Cervical cancer is one of the biggest killers of women of children-bearing age in Nepal, and our Nepalese health staff have developed their skills to learn about cancer screening and through additional training.

Sunita is a Female Community Health Volunteer. The Vitamin A Programme of 2000 enabled her to gain training on Vitamin A and worming capsules: