Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

By the beginning of 2020, Nepal had reached a tipping point with over 60% of births occurring in a health facility—a three times increase from just 18% in 2006.

National lockdown happened very early in Nepal, on March 21, 2020, well before any community spread of COVID-19. The lockdown took the form of severe restrictions on transport and closure of outpatient departments of many hospitals.

In this article, the authors compare intrapartum care before and during the lockdown period in Nepal. The number of institutional births decreased by 52·4% during the first 2 months of lockdown, and women in relatively disadvantaged ethnic groups were found to be affected more than those in more advantaged groups, indicating a widening equity gap due to COVID-19. They also found that quality of care in the hospitals was compromised compared with before lockdown.

Source: Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

    Child-Friendly Animation Video on Hand Washing

    This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, shows best practices for hand washing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The video demonstrates several steps and hand motions to perform in order to both thoroughly wash your hands and with sufficient time to kill almost all viruses and bacteria.

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    COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms in Nepali

    This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, explains the various signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children. Some of the symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Parents should be mindful of these symptoms and contact the nearest health center if their child exhibits any of these symptoms.

    Source: Child-friendly COVID-19 video on signs and symptoms in Nepali

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    COVID-19 and Mental Health in Children

    This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, explains the various signs of mental distress in children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the video, parents should watch for their children exhibiting quick temper, panic, restlessness, changes in appetite, shyness, loss of interest, or other behaviors which would reflect poor mental health.

    Source: COVID-19 and Mental Health in Children

    • Ayush Joshi
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