Maternal health and safe delivery in South Nepal
The 8 obstetric centres ensure permanent, local medical care for pregnant women, mothers of young children, newborns and children. The project supports the equipment and renovation of existing health stations so that they meet the medical and legal requirements to function as recognised obstetric centres. The direct costs of the first two years of operation will also be covered. In the third year, the funding will be reduced and gradually taken over by the state authorities. This model has worked very well in our predecessor project. The counselling of mothers through regular group offers, training and specialist qualifications of health personnel, the involvement of traditional healers and voluntary family health volunteers (FCHVs) who are already affiliated to the health system complete the range of services. Through the programme established by the Nepalese government in 2005 to encourage safe births, the project will be sustainably integrated into the public health system.
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