NEPAL - Improving health and GBV prevention in isolated villages

NEPAL – Improving health and GBV prevention in isolated villages

On a clear day at the end of July, in the heart of the monsoon season in Nepal, three hundred residents of the village Goganpani began a full day of events aimed at fighting gender-oriented violence. Everyone was there: teachers, leaders, men, women and children, all under the leadership of someone who had graduated from one of the courses which the NATAN organization has been offering since January 2016. As part of the day's event there was a play about alcoholism and violence and there were songs about strengthening the woman's position that had been composed especially for the event.

This exceptional community event is the product of a process of training that had started this past February as a continuation of the aid provided following the earthquake, during which teams from NATAN came to remote villages and learned the local needs in health and childbirth.

In cooperation with the JDC (American Joint Distribution Committee) and CIRDS, a local development organization in Nepal, a three-stages program was embarked on to deal with the health issues of adult and young women.

Following several hours of walking from their mountainous village, 84 participants, men and women, arrived for 6 days of study at the seminar center in Dahding.

Two courses were run simultaneously: Irit Dotan taught the village midwives the secrets of the trade and Dr. Avigail Maayani worked with the teachers, youth counselors and community activists on sex education and gender awareness.

In June 2016, Naama Shilo arrived to carry out the next stage in the transition from theory to practice, working with a select group of participants on the planning and implementation of community projects.

During the course 20 practical projects were planned and constructed in the fields of health, hygiene, gender and sexuality to foster prevention, treatment and improvement of the quality of life. Gender Awareness Day in Goganpani was one of these projects.

During July we reported on a number of initiatives which had been launched, such as the professional brainstorm meetings, the establishment of committees to deal with local problems and training and knowledge transfer sessions in various fields.

Irit, Avigail and Naama have returned to Dahding in September for the third stage of the program, where they will present further workshops to participants of the previous workshops in the fields of childbirth and women's health, to solidify the existing projects and to initiate projects in additional fields.

FCHV's were selected by the government and had two sessions of learning and practicing some basic and essential professionally relevant topics. All of the group members participated in both training courses which gave them considerable information and tools to make their own work better to save lives and to be able to share the knowledge with others. 40 community volunteers were selected for the training, coming from various groups, including health teachers, community activists and others. 19 active members of the community workers were selected to continue the overall process. Each one of the participants gained much relevant knowledge and professional guidance and support to create and implement a community-based project in their communities.

 FCHV's were selected by the government and had two sessions of learning and practicing some basic and essential professionally relevant topics. All of the group members participated in both training courses which gave them considerable information and tools to make their own work better to save lives and to be able to share the knowledge with others. 40 community volunteers were selected for the training, coming from various groups, including health teachers, community activists and others. 19 active members of the community workers were selected to continue the overall process. Each one of the participants gained much relevant knowledge and professional guidance and support to create and implement a community-based project in their communities.

This training course was a process of ongoing needs assessments, evaluation, program building, adaptation and preparation.

The overall training course presents a unique model which combines the theoretical as well as the practical aspects and its development process that can be adapted to many other communities around the world and in a various topics and professions.

The achievement of the overall course indicates its success and we are really proud to be part of it. We greatly appreciate all parties involved in this training course – our experts, our donors and our partners all of whom made this happen and made it so successful

We hope and believe that the implementation of the community projects will continue and will contribute to the improvement of health and awareness in the area.

This operation is a partnership with JDC- the American Jewish Distribution Committee and CIRDS.