Rural hospital an affordable model?

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Bayalpata Hospital Community Health Worker Bhajan Kunwar checks the blood pressure of Namsara Tamrakar at her home in Chandika village, Achham district, Nepal, Feb. 2018.

Below is the article I wrote for Nepali Times after visiting Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal’s Achham district. Achham is often described as “remote” but we drove there easily in 9 hours from a main city, paved roads all the way, and jolted by fewer potholes than you’ll suffer driving in Kathmandu.

Though it appears long for the Times, the article leaves out a lot that I would have liked to say about Bayalpata. Continue reading

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Nepal: the road to …

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I’ve been back in Nepal for nearly two months now, eager to write about what I’m seeing and hearing but reluctant to come to any premature conclusions.

So instead, I’ll present some impressions, like this photo (above) of a bridge over the Rapti River in Dang district, which I took last weekend. Continue reading

14 reasons to oppose child marriage

According to Because I am a Girl, Canada, The babies of child brides are 60% more likely to die before their first birthday, compared to those of women older than 19.

Here are 14 more facts about the dangers of child marriage.

More girls going to school in Mali

Here’s an article by UNICEF about how one of its programmes has boosted school attendance in Mali:

Local communities in Mali are beginning to embrace change. The value of education for both girls and boys is beginning to catch on. Many families are now sending their girls to school, instead of marrying them off at a young age. Educated girls are now getting jobs and helping their families.

Read more.

Or click on the link in the top right corner to listen to the story.

Grants for indigenous organisations

First Peoples Worldwide is calling for applications for their Keepers of the Earth Fund. Grants from US$250-$20,000 are available. Any and all indigenous organisations can apply (although the project must be done outside the US).

Nigerian State provides cash to girls’ families

Nigeria’s Kano State has announced a 3-year pilot programme to pay families to keep girls in primary and junior secondary schools.

The girls will have to attain grades of at least 80 percent, according to The Nation newspaper.

Read more here.

Keeping girls in school – role models in Nigeria

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This travel blog photo’s source is TravelPod page: Project at Secondary Schools, Abuja, Nigeria

Sokoto, Nigeria, 7 July 2010 – When Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, visited Nigeria in June, he met Rahina Husseini, a community mobiliser at the Kundus Primary School in Kundus village in the Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria.

Rahina Husseini is 58 years old and one of seven women on Kundus Primary School’s 29-member management committee.

Her passion is to go house-to-house in the village to make sure all the girls are enrolled at school.

via UNICEF WCARO – Media Centre – Getting and keeping girls in school in Nigeria.