Rural communities have much less health care services at their disposal than compared to urban areas. Although, all the VDCs in Nepal have got a health post but they lack equipment, workforce, medicines, and other basic utilities which a smooth functioning and effective service delivery cannot be expected. Rural communities also lack health seeking behaviour.
The Government of Nepal has developed series of Nepal Health Sector Programme (NHSP) I, II and III for strengthening the health system. NHSP-III is mostly focused on supply and demand sides, especially to marginalized and vulnerable population. Moreover, health is considered central for overall development along with establishing linkage, cooperation and collaboration among different stakeholders. In addition to this, it emphasizes creating conducive environment in health sector, providing affordable health services to poorest of the poor and encouraging citizens to practice healthy lifestyle. NHSP-III encourages alignment with other health services like Ayurveda and other complementary medicine systems into the public health system so that people have availability of various alternative health services.
In order to achieve the national health goal, various I/NGOs including private sectors have been vigorously participating to deliver the plan of the government of Nepal. In line with this concept, Good Neighbors International Nepal (GNI) has been working since 2002 in Nepal to improve the health status of the children and community members by increasing access to health services and supporting to strengthen the public health system. Towards this end, GNI Nepal supports for providing medical services, raising awareness on prevention of diseases, sanitation and hygiene and providing nutrition for children.
The primary goal of GNI Nepal’s Health Program is to enhance health-seeking behaviour of target community members.
Major activities of Health Program
- Health Camp – The overall objective of the health camp (General Health Check up, Dental Check-up, ENT Check-up, Eye Check up and Skin Check-up) is to identify the health status of non-/sponsored children and their family once in a year.
- Critical Situation Treatment – To save lives of sponsored children from life threatening medical situations.
- Health System Strengthening – The objective of this activity is to strengthen the government health system so that locals have easy access to health services.Under this program Health facility construction and renovation, birthing center construction and renovation, equipment support, medicine support and health workforce support are carried out.
- Health Education & Capacity Building – Health education and capacity building are mostly focused on Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) education, health workshop, nutritious food cooking training, menopausal syndrome orientation, diarrhea and pneumonia control education, uterus prolapse education, first-aid kits, health policy analysis workshop, pregnancy and newborn baby care, safe menstruation support program, Behavior Change Communication/Information Education and Communication/ (BCC/IEC) materials, youth meeting, community volunteer training, community gathering for awareness, mothers group meeting, and orientation against Chhaupadi.