RMNCAH, Gender and Midwifery

Supports all relevant Divisions at Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health to develop and implement guidelines and evidence-based practices in this area.

Revision of Safe Motherhood Policy, Adolescent Health and Development Strategy, Antenatal and Postnatal Care Guideline, Kangaroo Mother Care guideline are at final stage.

Technical and financial support to the Family Health Division for implementing national Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) program at Community and Facility levels which has been implemented in eleven districts and 76 hospitals. This has captured 52 maternal deaths from community and 187 maternal deaths from the hospitals since initiation. The Family Health Division has also received information on nearly 1200 perinatal deaths in from the hospitals. The process has helped to develop community- and facility-based responses to prevent avoidable factors for reducing maternal and perinatal deaths.

WHO Nepal has supported government to develop network among 16 tertiary hospitals and Medical Colleges who are members of Network on National Neonatal Database on birth defects, which captures the birth defect in new born at these hospitals and also link with SEARO database.

Essential support was in family planning area for developing the Program Managers guideline on Postpartum Family Planning and Trainers Manual to be used in Decision Making Tool and Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel trainings. This will be useful to improve quality of family planning counseling and services and reduce unmet need of modern contraceptives.

Child Health Division did an assessment of the important program Integrated Management of Newborn and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) in 2016 with the support of WHO Nepal. This helped to further improve implementation of the program. Development of Facility-based IMNCI training curriculum is another essential activity supported which aims to capacitate service providers to cater referred sick children to reduce neonatal and infant mortality and morbidity.

WHO Nepal supported for Collaborative Arrangement in support of Midwifery Education and Cadre in Nepal between the Government of Nepal, acting through its Ministry of Health (MoH), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) and WHO.