MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH PROJECT (MNCH)
Earthquake and its effect left the maternal and neonatal health more devastated in remote areas and MNCH project was implemented across six VDCs (Nalang, Salang, Maidi, Dhola, Khari, Chainpur) of remote areas of Dhading District, the overall goal of MNBCH is to improve maternal and child (<5) health.The project contributes to the goal of the Second Long Term Health Plan (1997-2017) "to achieve 100% access to primary health care" to the remote and marginalized communities in the VDCs. The project focuses on maternal and neonatal child health with behavior change. Shanti Nepal works on capacity strengthening of local health facilities and equips them to provide the quality services for which close coordination has been done.
i. Various awareness and training activities among Mothers Groups, the training of FCHVs and community wide initiatives such as cultural and seasonal folk songs rewritten with maternal and child health messages and radio and film broadcasts.
ii. Providing support for a Health Facility Assessment and funding made available for basic medical supplies/equipment for families in need. Health staff was also encouraged to provide better counselling to caregivers of children with ARI.
iii. The promotion of capacity building that encouraged stake holders to prepare plans, improve management systems, and effectively monitor their services. Similarly, Mother Groups were mobilized and assisted in building the capacity and effectiveness of their group.