Why were we there?
- Armed conflict
- Médecins Sans Frontières teams provided healthcare to people still affected by the conflict between government forces and the Communist Party of Nepal which lasted from 1996 until 2006, and by the resurgence of violence that accompanied a chaotic peace process.
- Médecins Sans Frontières worked where help was most needed, including in basic healthcare, reproductive healthcare and water and sanitation provision.
- Capacity-building and training on the job are consequently key objectives in the remaining Médecins Sans Frontières projects.
- Teams worked to increase knowledge about reproductive health and called for better access to good-quality public health services. Through a number of national radio announcements and education at local level, Médecins Sans Frontières also addressed the issue of oxytocin misuse.
- The drug, used to stimulate contractions in pregnant women, is widely misused. This can result in foetal and neonatal deaths, and ruptures of the uterus. The drug can be used safely in small doses if the baby is overdue, but in Nepal it is common to take high doses to try to induce a birth prematurely, especially to make the birth take place on a religiously significant date.
Médecins Sans Frontières hand over activities
- In May, Médecins Sans Frontières handed over programmes in the isolated mountainous Kalikot district. Up until then Médecins Sans Frontières had offered basic and secondary healthcare, tuberculosis treatment and emergency services with a special focus on healthcare for pregnant women and children under five.
- In December, Médecins Sans Frontières handed over its last remaining programme in the Terai region of Nepal, which provided free medical services, emergency consultations, maternal healthcare, and treatment of acutely malnourished children. In the areas affected by internal unrest Médecins Sans Frontières used mobile clinics in the most neglected areas and transferred patients needing more care to its facility at Gaur District Hospital.
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Médecins Sans Frontières has worked in Nepal from 2002 to 2009.