ETC and you will improve health and hygiene for hundreds of villagers in rural Dolakha District, Nepal. Activities will include providing first aid supplies to 30 schools, teaching 20 women to grow useful medicinal plants, distributing seeds and seedlings for hundreds of women to grow nutritious vegetables in their gardens, providing prenatal supplements to 150 pregnant women, offering health training for 92 women, and building latrines at schools where they are needed.
Villagers in rural Nepal often have limited access to professional health care. Health posts are few and far between, may not always be fully staffed, and require hours of walking for many people to reach. ETC has long promoted the increased use of rural health posts, which are very valuable resources despite their limitations, but we also seek to increase preventive measures available to villagers, and help them cope more effectively with minor ailments at home and in their schools.
Through ETC's provision of training and resources, offered at no cost to the beneficiaries, thousands of people in rural Nepal will have greater opportunity to improve their personal health and environmental hygiene. This will prevent some health problems before they begin and mitigate other, relatively minor issues before they can become more serious health problems that require professional intervention.
Families, schools, and entire communities will benefit from improved individual and public health and environmental cleanliness. Direct beneficiaries will include hundreds of women and their families, and 30 schools with some 4,400 enrolled students and hundreds of teachers/staff members.