The Deukhuri area in Nepal’s Dang District has the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in Nepal. In partnership with INF, EMMS International plans to launch a new health project in the district, which will help transform the lives of Nepal’s poor and marginalised.
The three-year project will focus on improving the health of pregnant women, postnatal mothers and infants. About 50,000 people, in the six most disadvantaged village development areas in the Dang district, will benefit from the project.
“I'm delighted that EMMS International and INF are partnering together again on a new project that will save the lives of mums and their newborn babies. What's more, the project will leave a lasting legacy for future generations by improving local health facilities and empowering women through mothers' groups,” says James Wells, EMMS International Chief Executive.
For over a decade, EMMS International and INF have been working together to improve healthcare in Nepal. Thanks to the commitment of dedicated supporters, this partnership will take a new exciting direction in July this year.
Vital training will be provided to female community health volunteers, women will be encouraged to participate in mothers’ groups and the local district office will be supported in improving the delivery of maternal and child health services.
“It was a wonderful experience for the INF team to work with Cathy Ratcliff, EMMS Director of International Programmes, in developing the project and finalising the agreement,” says Asha Lal Tamang, INF’s Programmes Director.
“We are very much encouraged by the support given to INF by EMMS. It was also great to have Ian Campbell [EMMS’ Board Chair] and James Wells [EMMS’ Chief Executive] visit us in Nepal. We are grateful to EMMS and its people for the on-going partnership with INF in Nepal.”
You too can be part of this exciting new project, and visit Nepal.
EMMS International is raising funds for the project through their challenge event – Cycle Nepal. Cycle Nepal is a 350km bike ride through some of Nepal’s most breath-taking landscape. There are currently more than 20 riders preparing for Cycle Nepal, including participants from the UK, Australia, Nepal and USA. For more details about the challenge please visit the Cycle Nepal website.