On average, one woman dies from the complications related to childbirth every four hours. (source UNICEF) Rural Nepal faces an acute shortage of maternity services. The result is one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. It's a loss of life that is preventable. Lack of trained staff and facilities for delivery are two of the leading causes of the high maternal mortality rates. That's fixable, with very little money.
Women in rural Nepal do not have adequate access to trained birth attendants or a safe place that is equipped to provide deliveries.
We have a birthing center open and running in the village of Thambuchet in the Rasuwa District. The government built the center and we supplied equipment and staff. There is excess capacity (unused space) in many of the government health posts in rural villages that can be utilized as birthing centers giving thousands of women access to safe birthing assistance.
With one woman dying every four hours from complications of childbirth, the potential to save lives is huge. Most deaths related to childbirth are preventable with skilled staff, proper equipment and inexpensive medicine