Ghusel VDC, Lalitpur currently lacks a health facility that offers maternal services, so Ghusel Health Post aims to expand its services by establishing a birth center. With the local government’s limited funding, Ghusel Health Post was able to construct a facility for a birth center but unable to equip the center.
Nepal’s maternal mortality rate is 258 per 100,000 per year (2015) and the infant mortality rate is 28 per 1000 per year (2017). In 2016, a mere 58% of births were attended by skilled health personnel. These statistics are worse in rural areas like Ghusel where maternal services are unavailable, and women are forced to give birth at home under the care of untrained personnel. Ghusel VDC’s population is 1850 and encounters approximately 45 childbirths each year. The establishment of a birth center will cater to the population of Ghusel and neighboring villages, saving hundreds of child and maternal lives in coming years.
Abiral Foundation has partnered with Ghusel Health Post to fund the purchase of equipments and supplies needed for the birth center by the end of 2019. The estimated budget required for this project is USD 9,000.