NEPAL: Key role for female health volunteers

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DALEIKH/KATHMANDU, 5 October 2012 (IRIN) – Women working as female healthcare volunteers often provide a vital service for the poorest in mountainous Nepal, and have contributed to a steady improvement in maternal and neonatal survival rates. “Without their volunteer spirit, the country’s poorest would probably face an even worse health situation,” community health activist Deepa Bohara told IRIN in Rakam Karnali village, Dailekh District, 600km northwest of Kathmandu. Female community health volunteers (FCHVs) operate in remote areas where there are no doctors or medical workers; there are 810 of them in Dailekh District, and 52,000 nationwide. Dailekh Hospital, the region’s main…

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