Thanks to a very generous donor and and organization called Global Public Health we've been able to obtain a portable ultrasound for our midwife who is working at the birthing center in Thambuchet, Rasuwa District. Our midwife will be trained in the use of the ultrasound by Dr. Shrestha at Helping Hands Hospital in Kathmandu. This is a very portable unit which will allow our midwife to take it with her from village to village. Our current birthing center serves five primary villages, Goljung, Gatlang, Chilime, Tatopani and Thuman with a few smaller villages along the way. From our base in Thambuchet it can take all day walking to reach any one of these villages. The machine will enable us to detect any complications early on and arrange for the pregnant woman to get to a regional hospital in Dunche or to Kathmandu for delivery. Our rural birthing center is equipped for normal deliveries only so difficult cases need to be handled in a full hospital setting and detecting them early is really necessary given the difficulties of transportation in and out of the district..
We still need another midwife in Thambuchet. At present we have one midwife and the villages served have a population of over 7,000 with a fertility rate of 3.2. The workload for one person, particularly given the distance she must travel from village to village is overwhelming. I am adding a photo of our midwife Shwoita Lama, she's so dedicated to her work and real trooper.
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