From May 24-30 the EDWON team, with our partners Nidan and Marie Stopes International—Nepal, hosted two Reproductive Health Workshops, for two days each, in Baglung and Arghakhanchi. 27 community health workers and Women’s Group leaders in Baglung (pop. 29,000) and 19 in Arghakhanchi (pop. 3,000) eagerly attended.
The women were not disappointed as they gained life-changing knowledge on topics ranging from how to have healthy pregnancies and deliveries to basic neonatal care and the risks of early-age marriage to the fundamentals of family-planning. And the trainers taught the material with a sensitivity to what the women most wanted to learn and how they would best learn it, modifying their lesson based on participant feedback and an assessment of their level of knowledge as well as using visual aids and simple language.
Particularly in the community of Arghakhanchi, Kamal Pariyar, our project manager in Nepal, reported that “The women were very forthcoming in sharing their experiences, something that had not happened in earlier trainings. The team was able to create the environment to allow them to open up and talk about things they would normally consider embarrassing or taboo.”
Furthermore, Kamal stated that “Participants from both groups were so happy with this training and they shared that they will apply the learning they obtained from the training in their life as well as share the ideas and knowledge with their Women’s Groups, relatives, friends, and communities.”
Approximately 245 more women are expected to benefit from the 46 attendees’ new knowledge adding to the growing community of women empowered by our team. EDWON, along with its partners, hopes to build a community of women in remote regions of Nepal who, thanks to their increased understanding of reproductive and sexual health, have gained control of family planning decisions while having healthier babies and living healthier lives.
Two Reproductive Health Workshops took place in the villages of Manakamana and Tanglichowk in Gorkha District of Nepal. A total of 73 women leaders were trained in the following topics: early age marriage and pregnancy, adolescent health, care of pregnant women, danger signs during pregnancy and how to take care of them, breast cancer, uterine prolapse, family planning, and safe abortions.
The 73 women leaders will communicate the life-saving knowledge presented in the workshops to more than 500 women, enabling women and children to live healthier lives and entire communities to make more informed childbearing and family-planning decisions. We hope that awareness of the dangers of early marriage and childbearing will decrease such practices; and that with access to contraception, women will plan and space their pregnancies. A number of free family planning services are available through organizations such as Marie Stopes International and the women got the chance to learn about them in these workshops.
When asked how she would use the information presented at the workshop in Manakamana, one of the participants, Tuku, answered, "I will talk about this knowledge with other women in our monthly group meeting. I will visit individually with the girls in my village to raise awareness in order to stop early-age marriage and childbirth. I will visit pregnant women to advise them about the care they need to take when they are pregnant. I will share my knowledge with illiterate women about reproductive and sexual health.”
Furthermore, Kamal Pariyar, our project manager in Nepal, was impressed with the trainers’ ability to connect to the women and win their trust. What could be more important in a teaching situation? Despite delay and inconvenience caused by heavy rain, the workshops were successful and women thanked the trainers for the information so vital to their lives.
Follow-up visits will take place in 8 months to reinforce the new knowledge and to give trainers feedback on their approach.
Thank you for your continuing support for our work with Dalit women in Nepal. The two Reproductive Health Workshops originally scheduled for December have now been scheduled for March to coordinate greater human resources for the project. The workshops, in conjunction with our partner organization in Nepal, ADWAN, will consist of a comprehensive introduction to reproductive and adolescent health and will focus on educating young women about their sexual and reproductive health.
The curriculum is divided into seven parts. The first two sections consist of lessons on reproductive and adolescent health while the next section focuses on educating young adults on reproductive and sexual health. The subsequent installment informs the audience of the dangers of early age marriage, and the next two sections are fully devoted to pregnancy. The workshop will conclude with an important discussion on family planning.
We expect 50 women from Manakamana/Bakrang and Fujel/Tanglichowk in Gorkha District to participate in the workshops and to share their knowledge to 400 women in their respective villages. Based on the tremendous success of the pilot workshop that was conducted in Taklung in September of 2012, we anticipate that these upcoming workshops have the potential to profoundly affect the health of hundreds of women.
We look forward to sharing more details with you as they become available!
GlobalGiving Project Manager
We are so happy to announce that with your support, our partner organization in Nepal, ADWAN has scheduled two reproductive health workshops between December 24th and 30th in Manakaman/Bakrang and Fujel/Tanglichowk, both in Gorkha District. 50 women will participate, and then share their knowledge with over 400 women in their communities.
A pilot workshop was conducted in September 2012 in Taklung. To understand if there were noticeable changes over the past year, we asked participants Gita Pariyar and Sarmilla Rana for their observations. Both are trained Community Health Workers and members of women’s groups. Here are some of their impressions, which absolutely amazed us!
“Pregnant women have started getting check-ups at the health center and are taking iron and calcium tablets.”
“Women have also lost all trust in the untrained birth attendants, so-called ‘traditional midwives’. And their mothers-in law are more understanding about their needs for reduced workloads during pregnancy.”
According to Gita and Sarmilla, women now talk openly about contraception and many are using it. They have noticed that women space the birth of their children further apart. Most significantly, they have already noticed a decrease in early marriage and childbirths.
We are so pleased with the success of the pilot program and look forward to reaching more women with the two upcoming workshops. Thank you so much for your continued support and interest in this initiative.
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