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.
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