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Nepal's women's groups help cut infant deaths

30 March 2010

Women's groups in Nepal have helped reduce deaths among mothers and newborn babies a new report states (see Understanding how women's groups improve maternal and newborn health in Makwanpur, Nepal: a qualitative studyInternational Health, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2010, Pages 25-35.  Morrison et al).  The study suggests that developing women's confidence, encouraging them to share what they have learned in their communities and encouraging others to take action helped contribute to a 30% decrease in newborn deaths in Makwanpur, Nepal.  Information was collected through focus group discussions, interviews and photography and also through discussions with men, mothers-in-law and community healthcare providers.  A lack of trust in government healthcare services is preventing pregnant women from seeking help.  The women gained confidence through their involvement with the group.

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