Unscarred Women

The rugged hills of the far-west Nepal

Two men on each side carried Jogeni down the rugged hills on a bamboo stretcher. After a two-hour walk, they finally reached the black-topped road, and at last put her into a jeep to our hospital. Lying inside, Jogeni felt her sharp contractions diminish — the baby wasn’t moving.

“There’s a patient who needs immediate attention,” she said.

The Community Health Workers walking to a local clinic for Group Ante Natal Care session.

Our team administered two anesthesia shots; a quick incision showed the baby’s head outside the uterus wall and in the abdomen. The fetus was a baby girl, but it had been more than twelve hours since she had breathed her last.

In the past year, we ensured that 78% of women in our catchment area gave birth in a healthcare facility with a trained clinician.

Our Community Health Workers enrolling a woman of reproductive age into the continuous surveillance system.

Two hours later the team in the operation theater heaved a sigh of relief. It was a success. Said Dr Santosh, “That was the moment I felt I had saved a life. Why do I choose to work so far from home, from my friends? It’s moments like these, that make it worthwhile.”

A mother from our catchment area attending the Group Pediatric Session.

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