In 2016 and 2017 NYAGI made several trips to Nepal working to empower and elevate local partner One Heart Worldwide in their mission to bring ultrasound to remote, rural clinics across Nepal.
80 percent of Nepal’s population lives in remote, rural areas and most women must navigate their pregnancy and give birth unassisted. And those that seek checkups or require treatment often face days, and in some cases a week or more of travel, often on foot, to the nearest medical facility. As a result, most maternal deaths are caused by simple complications that, if known and able to be planned for, could be managed and survived. The maternal mortality rate in Nepal was estimated in 2015 as 258 deaths per 100,000 live births, ranking it the 45th worst in the world. In 2015, the United States estimated just 14 death per 100,000 live births.
Local partner, One Heart Worldwide, works with local authorities and communities to improve access to basic healthcare for women and children during pregnancy and childbirth. Over the course of several visits to Nepal, NYAGI collaborated with One Heart Worldwide to host accelerated training sessions in basic ultrasound for nearly 60 Skilled Birth Attendants from clinics across Nepal.
With NYAGI’s help, One Heart Worldwide is able to support basic ultrasound skills in more than 50 additional remote clinics across Nepal, elevating the skills of its Skilled Birth Attendants and bringing much needed confidence to medical services for women and children during pregnancy and childbirth. An additional side effect of having ultrasound in the clinics is that women are more likely to come in to have their pregnancies scanned which also gives the Skilled Birth Attendants and nurses an opportunity to discuss many other health-related topics.