Volunteers have been transforming the lives of villagers, delivering primary medical care and saving mothers from often certain death.
Since its inception in 1988, the FCHV programme has proven to be a key factor in Nepal’s dramatic reduction in maternal and child mortality.
Existing rates of neonatal death caused by hypothermia, pneumonia and other infectious diseases could be checked by warm clothing, health officials said.
The world’s largest children marathon, which takes place in 40 countries, aims to draw the attention of public and political sectors towards child survival.
The report indicated that even some of the world’s poorest countries were able to dramatically reduce child mortality rates.
The number of neonatal deaths has not seen a decline in the last one decade, which experts said, calls for an urgent revision of the current programmes and policies of the government.
During the Every Newborn Asia Regional Consultation, child health experts shared their experiences and remedies to reduce neonatal mortality.
The Health Ministry of Nepal has renewed its commitment to dedicate more efforts towards decreasing infant mortality in the country, said Dr Padam Bahadur Chand of the ministry at Every Newborn consultation in Kathmandu.
UNICEF is set to assist the government in scaling up MNCH interventions in the National Health Sector Programme II (NHSP II).
The government is launching a ‘Golden 1000 Days programme’ in a bid to ensure better health for newborns and mothers in 282 village development committees in 15 districts east of the Kathmandu Valley.