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Community Partnerships Broaden Access to Maternal and Neonatal Health Care
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In Nepal, mountainous terrain, difficult weather conditions and the scarcity of
roads are an obstacle for rural families in need of maternal or neonatal care. In regions where a single foot path winding its way through the mountains is all that connects one small village from the next, women typically give birth at home, without the assistance of a nurse, doctor or midwife. Indeed, only 19 percent of all deliveries in Nepal are aided by a skilled birth attendant.

Less than half of Nepal’s population has access to all-weather roads, making it
difficult for up to 95 per cent of mothers and newborns to reach modern
healthcare facilities. For many Nepalese parents, it takes several days to reach a healthcare centre, and the expense of travel can be a deterrent for poor families. For those in need of emergency obstetric care, this geographic divide is far too often a death sentence for mother and child.

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