After the earthquakes: A journey towards safe motherhood in Nepal
Imagine walking for three days while pregnant, just to get to basic health facilities for a safe birth.
For many pregnant women in the remote villages of Gorkha district in Nepal, they don't have to imagine what it's like. This has been their reality for as long as they can remember.
CARE is helping to change this. Since the 2015 earthquakes devastated the region, CARE has been supporting the people of Nepal to build back better and safer.
This is the story of Uhiya village, where CARE is helping the villagers to construct a new health post.
Rammaya Bishwakarma is pregnant and is expecting her second child. Her husband, Buddhi Raj, says:
Our first child almost died during his birth as there were no trained health assistants to help my wife during childbirth.
The doctor had told Kanchi Gurung to visit the hospital during her eighth month of pregnancy, but she says:
I was not in a condition to walk to the hospital as I was experiencing pain.
Sunmaya Sunar breaks stones to be used in preparing mortar for the foundations of a new health centre in Uhiya village. She says: "When my granddaughter was born, she had to be delivered at home as the health post was so far from the village."
I think those days will be gone once we have a health post in our village.
Kamal Bahadur Rawat works in the temporary health post and is looking forward to the new facilities. He says:
The new health post will motivate pregnant mothers as they can receive reproductive health services in a private room.
Sun Kumari Gurung is a community health volunteer. She says the training they receive from CARE "is so important because what we learn from the training is what we teach to the community".
Santa Maya Ghale, a retired community health volunteer, has seen mothers delivering babies in farms and cow sheds in the past. She says:
The new birthing centre facilities in the health post will surely help women as they won't have to walk for days for their treatment. However, we need to encourage the young women in our village to use these facilities as most of them are very shy to talk about their problems during pregnancies.