According to Nepal Health Facility Survey, forty one percent of health facilities in Nepal are providing five methods of contraceptives. In a program related to quality and sustainability of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Service organized by ADRA Nepal and MSI in Kathmandu, Jagadish Ghimire, Family Planning Advisor at United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) informed that forty percent of maternal death could be prevented through the provision of timely family planning method. Health Advisor Deepak Karki said It’s never too late to start a good thing and put emphasis on the need for quality service and sustainability.
 
Department of Health Service developed Minimum Service standard and Quality improvement tools five years ago. Non-government sector is also supporting the government to fill the gap in remote and unreached areas.
 
Recently a workshop was conducted in Kathmandu on ‘Ensuring Quality and Sustainability of LARC services’.
A total of 25 Project Officers from different districts where MSI and ADRA Nepal have been implementing the projects, attended the workshop. They were trained on MSS and Quality. They will impart knowledge to the nurses known as Visiting Service Providers (VSPs) mobilized by ADRA Nepal in different districts and VSPs will apply the knowledge in government health facilities supporting to ensure quality in health facilities and encourage government service providers to follow the QI tools.
 
Trishna Dahal, Project Officer from Achham said the ideas and knowledge shared in the workshop will help her to ensuring quality of service.
 
“Your small steps helps make differences in the community. If your little step helps to improve health of a person, it’s a great achievement,” said Bidya Mahat, Program Director of ADRA Nepal.
 
The program was organized under UNFPP project implemented by ADRA Nepal and MSI with financial support from UNFPA/ DFID.
 
Text and Photos: Durgeshwori Munankarmi