Goal: 8 First-Aid

Raised: 15 First-Aid

Progress: 187.5 %

Health

Health is considered as another most important means of development. Even the educated people need to be healthy in order to study and work and to be happy. Education without good health is meaningless and worthless. Only the healthy human power can lead the country to the path of development by utilizing their power of knowledge and creativity.

Every country requires healthy human resources. Health of the people depends upon the availability of health services. The national health policy aims at improvement in health conditions of the people of Nepal through extension of primary health care system to the rural population with a view to provide the benefits of modern medical facilities through trained health care providers, active involvement of private sector and NGOs in health services and adequate training and community participation.

But the country continues to be afflicted by communicable diseases and upward trends of lifestyle related non-communicable diseases. Incidence of diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory tract infection continue to be high (219 and 319 per 1000 population respectively). Vector borne diseases like malaria, visceral leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, Japanese encephalitis and recent emergence of dengue infection are major public health problems together with TB and HIV/AIDS. Increasing incidence of diabetes, hypertension, CVD and cancer have been observed.

Maternal and child health:

The maternal mortality rate which was unacceptably high is now in a decreasing trend. Under-5 and infant mortality rates are still very high, 61 and 48 per 1000 live births respectively. The neonatal mortality accounts for two-thirds of infant mortality rate. The major challenge is how to ensure that all women and newborns are provided with a continuum of care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period by skilled birth attendants (SBAs). Malnutrition among children, adolescents and women is still a serious public health problem. About half of under-five children are affected by stunting.

The proportion of underweight children is around 48 percent, of them 10 percent suffer from acute malnutrition and 13% by a combination of stunting, vitamin A deficiency and iron deficiency. Food availability and security remains uneven particularly in hill and mountain region (Nepal Health Profile 2012).

Contributing the above mentioned scenario Aasaman Nepal focused on health and implemented below mentioned programs under health theme.

Women’s Health Project

Population Service International PSI, a U.S based not-for-profit, Non –governmental organization (NGO), conducts the women’s Health Project which is funded by LAD. The three-years-long project aims to improve maternal and child health in Nepal by increasing contraceptive prevalence rate, specifically by increasing access to IUDS and safe medical abortion service. The need for family planning…

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Improving the Livelihoods of Marginalized groups In Salyan District

Food and Nutrition Security project of Aasaman Nepal is a BMZ/WHH-funded project which is being implemented in 8 VDCs of Salyan district designed to improve the nutritional status of women and children aged above 6 months to 3 years. It intends to tackle under nutrition by examining the variety of factors that contribute to poor…

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Technical Assistance and Advocacy Support for Effective Implementation of IMAM Program

Aasaman Nepal in line with the Government of Nepal commitment to fight against hunger and poverty is teaming up with UNICEF in implementing INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION in Dolpa and Dadeldhura. IMAM Program focuses on the integration of effective management of acute malnutrition into the ongoing routine health services at all levels of the health facilities whilst…

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Fight Hunger First Initiative

Nepal continues to be one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries with one of the lowest life expectancies in Asia. Political instability, limited economic growth, high prices and natural disasters have resulted in 6.7 million people living below the national poverty line – a quarter of the population.   Malnutrition remains a serious obstacle…

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HIV and AIDS Program- Migrants and their Spouses

Both internal and international short and long term migration of young men, including seasonal labour migration, is becoming increasingly common and occurs regularly from districts of Far West, Terai and hilly regions, to mostly the urban areas of Nepal, India and other countries of the Persian Gulf and Southeast Asia. This phenomenon has programmatic implications…

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