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.
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