Dhading is a hill district located in central Nepal. The district covers an area of 1,926km² and has a population of 342,210. Although the southern part of the district borders the Kathmandu Valley, the northern part of the district is much more remote and has very few roads, and limited access to appropriate health infrastructure. Dhading reports 9,000 pregnancies per year. In 2014 we started the set-up phase of our programs and we had just started the implementation phase in 2015 when a devastating earthquake put a halt to our efforts. As a result, we modified our program implementation to integrate much-needed earthquake relief activities. Over the next two years, we will continue the implementation activities of our program. Our efforts will be focused on re-establishing a health care infrastructure, and on training Skilled Birth Attendants as well as community outreach volunteers.
65% of the existing health facilities were completely destroyed and 25% had sustained partial damage after the devasting earthquake in 2015. Despite the tragic devastation, OHW was able to maintain health care services. There have been no significant decreases in these indicators post-earthquake.
So far we have:
Temporary birthing centers equipped
Birthing tents set up
Tents serving as storage units for medical equipment and shelter for SBAs set up
Community outreach providers trained
Local key stakeholders trained
Skilled Birth Attendants trained
Solar suitcases deployed
Tons of medical equipment and supplies distributed
Individuals treated post-earthquake during two healthcare camps