Life-threatening home births
Improving the health of pregnant women, mothers and infants is a crucial objective for the FAIRMED projects in Nepal. We pursue numerous activities in order to achieve this aim, including providing support for the establishment of mother groups. But do these monthly meetings actually help mothers in their everyday lives? One participant talks about her experiences.
Yangjin Taman is 42 years old. She lives in the Sindhupalchowk District, where FAIRMED has been running a health project since the devastating earthquake in 2015. When we meet her, she is carrying her youngest daughter in her arms. She is a regular attendee of the mother group meetings, together with around 25 other women.
She smiles when we ask her about her experiences: “The volunteer health workers have given us advice on how to improve our own health and the health of our children. Among other things, they showed us how important it is to have prenatal and postnatal examinations."
Highest maternal mortality in all of South Asia
In addition, she has learned new ways to cook nutritious food for her little ones and has learned more about the consequences of poor hygiene on health. “On the whole, the monthly meetings have helped me a great deal in taking better care of my family,” says Yangjin.
Moreover, these meetings with the other mothers and pregnant women have underlined the potential dangers of home births for the health of the mother and child. “If I had known about this before, I would have given birth to my children in a hospital. But at least I will make sure that my daughters give birth in a hospital and not at home.” This message is immensely important to the work of FAIRMED, because nowhere else in South Asia do more mothers die following childbirth than in Nepal.