Update from Laxmi

An update from Laxmi Tamang of Midwifery Society of Nepal, as we work together with GOP and One Heart World Wide on building labor and delivery tents in the remote regions of Nepal where the health posts were destroyed by the earthquake.

Yesterday, Eric Warren Moffet and myself had second round meeting with One Heart World Wide who works for saving lives at birth with the mission to decrease maternal and neonatal (newborn) mortality/death and morbidity/illness in remote rural areas of Nepal. We had very productive meeting for the collaborative action in saving the lives of mothers and babies at birth in earthquake affected districts mainly in Dhading and Sindhupalchowk. The main purpose of our meeting was to ensure that not to repeat/duplicate our work and to reach to maximum health facilities in limited resources in setting up birthing tents where birthing centres have been damaged and destroyed in the districts due to recent earthquakes.

We were quite impressed with the birthing tents that they have been setting up in the earthquake damaged birthing centre sites in the districts. To improve it we have given further inputs to them in our first round meeting. Our second round meeting was extremely fruitful because we, HAND, GOP, MIDSON and One Heart World Wide decided to move on collaboratively to help to set up quality useful birthing tents to the District Health Office/Ministry of Health and Population so that our nurse-midwives feel comfortable to assist birth and also pregnant mothers and their family feel ease in access to quality birthing service.

In the first meeting last week, Brian Smith and Amber Shields from HAND (Helping Assist Nepal's Disabled) and Eric from Global Orphan Prevention (GOP) and myself from Midwifery Society of Nepal attended the meeting and yesterday Eric, myself and Uttam Bhlon Lama from Clean Village Microfinance Bittiya Sanstha that works in 18 mountainous districts attended the meeting.

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