One of the biggest challenges is also lack of education and awareness around safe motherhood practices within the local community. This is where the OHW team has been able to promote community education about safe pregnancy and maternity care.
“We have already started preparedness packages to educate about pregnancy complications and promoting misoprostol, and family involvement in the care of pregnant women in their households,” said Rabin. Rabin is OHW’s longest serving District Coordinator and has many years of experience in working with rural communities.
He shared how OHW’s clinical team has been working side by side with local health post nurses to educate families about the benefits of regular pregnancy checks, how to deal with complications, where to get help and who to contact for counseling and medical aid. OHW has also helped to provide awareness through interactions with household members and their roles in promoting the safety of pregnant women and mothers.
In addition to in-person advocacy, OHW has also been working in partnership with a local radio station, Radio ABC, to disseminate information to local families by airing radio jingles about safe pregnancy. To reach younger generations, the One Heart team has also started a student awareness program to help disseminate information about safe pregnancies and birthing.
“This is the first time I have closely observed OHW’s work and I have seen how their impact has been so incredible. The most important part is that OHW is working in rural municipalities where most organizations have failed to work or invest,” said Dr. Purusotam Raj Sedai, Senior Health Administrator of Health Office in Kavrepalanchok.