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USAID-Nepal partnership hailed

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population and USAID today organised an event to commemorate the conclusion of the Nepal Family Health Programme II.

The five-year-long programme built on the successes of the first Nepal Family Health Programme to bring renewed efforts to boost Nepal’s health systems, policy and leadership, the US Embassy said in a statement.

The programme, implemented in 22 districts, was successful in enhancing public health service delivery, increasing the access of the marginalised to health services and promoting best practices in family planning, maternal and child health services, the embassy added. “USAID-supported efforts through Nepal Family Health Programme II have also contributed to dramatically reducing deaths among Nepali children,” mentioned the statement.

Speaking at the event, Padam Bahadur Chand, chief of Policy Planning and International Cooperation Division at the Ministry of Health and Population, said, “Over the past five years, NFHP II has assisted the ministry in a range of national and district level efforts from health policy development to working with district health offices to strengthening of quality of maternal and neonatal services, ensuring the quality of family planning services and managing childhood illness.”

Building on Chand’s statements, USAID Mission Director David C Atteberry said, “For over six decades, USAID has been a consistent partner in the health sector. The 2011 Demographic and Health Survey has clearly shown that our investments have paid off.”

He further said child mortality has declined by a remarkable 54 per cent in the last 15 years, while maternal mortality has declined from 539 to 281 deaths per 100,000 live births in the last 10 years.

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