Kathahawa is a small Muslim community in Nawalparasi West near Nepal’s southern border with India. Muslim women were culturally restricted to their homes so they were unaware of the health services available, resulting in many health issues.…
In Baglung District, 22-year-old Anjana* was expecting her first child. When her labour pains started she went to her nearest health post. By 8pm in the evening she was ready to start pushing to deliver her baby.…
In my 20 years of experience working as a nurse, I had never before gone through such a fearful moment as Covid-19. Working in a maternity ward as a nurse, I knew that I needed to take…
In my work, especially in obstetrics, I deal with the life and death of both mothers and children. Recently an 18-year-old pregnant lady at 36 weeks of gestation came to the emergency room with a complaint of…
The IWP (Improved Washable Sanitary Pad) is handy and comfortable to use. While having menstruation, it was always uneasy to go to school and stay active. At times, I had to miss the classes too. During such…
Roshan*, a Grade 9 student at Janata Secondary School in Palhinandan, Nawalparasi, shared that he had confusions and numerous questions related to menstruation, but he never got the correct answer and he didn’t know who to ask.…
Postnatal check-ups were rare in two rural municipalities (RMs) of UMN’s working areas – Pratappur and Palahinandan of Nawalparasi District, especially in the remote settlements which are far from health facilities. A mother of two daughters, Sabnam…
“Last time, there weren’t any complications on the delivery day; our daughter arrived safe and sound. I was expecting the same this time too,” shares Sabita BK. Born in Bastoli, a remote village in Bajhang District, she…
Until two years ago, Puja from Rupandehi District was doing fine. Her husband was with her, she did not have to worry at all about her family and life was going well for her. Life took a…
23-year-old Sangita Harijan is from Palhinandan Rural Municipality in Nawalparasi District. She is from a Terai Dalit* community. She and her husband earn daily wages for their livelihood. When Sangita was pregnant with her second child, she…