Give a family the gift of good health. This gift contributes to projects that improve the health of people living in poor and marginalised communities. It could be the delivery of health services in the form of direct care or medicine and/or health training in areas like midwifery, disabilities, HIV and AIDS care or general health.
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Should the number of items sold or the funds raised exceed the amount needed for the projects these gifts are intended to fund, TEAR Australia will redirect donations to similar development work.
TEAR partners run a range of projects that promote good health. This gift contributes to projects that improve the health of people living in poor and marginalised communities. It could be improving the delivery of health services in the form of direct care or medicine and/or health training in areas like midwifery, disabilities, HIV care or general health.
Mahadevstan Village Development Committee (VDC) is a remote community where TEAR’s partner Shanti Nepal has been working with the community on a health project focused on birth preparedness and planning.
In Nepal, women don’t always have the option of giving birth in a clean environment. This, along with a lack of hygiene knowledge, means women and babies can and do die during childbirth from preventable causes such as infection.
As a result of Shanti working with the community’s Village Development Committee, a 24-hour birthing centre has been established at the local Health Post. Community workshops have been held and the importance of check-ups and giving birth at the birthing centre were explained, along with what would happen at the check-ups. "After that, husbands and mother-in-laws started to bring their pregnant family members to the Health Post," said Nirmala Rai, nurse at the Health Post. Visits have also been made to individual families to share information about the importance of antenatal care and institutional deliveries.
Due to the work Shanti and many other agencies in Nepal are doing, both the infant and maternal mortality rate in Nepal is falling. Between 1996 and 2011 the infant mortality rate in Nepal has nearly halved (from 96 per 1,000 to 54). It is still high by Australian standards, but the positive news is that it’s declining due to gifts like this one.
Your gift of good health is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.
About our partner – Shanti
Shanti Nepal is a Nepali, Christian, not-for-profit, social development organisation founded by a team of Nepalese Christian health and development professionals with a passion to bring about holistic transformation of poor and marginalised communities. Its mission is to transform poor and marginalised communities through improving health and livelihoods.