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Integrated Reproductive Health and Microfinance Project

Integrated Reproductive Health and Microfinance Project
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Project summary:

 

1. Introduction

The project is continuation of the previous project on ‘Reproductive Health and Microfinance’. The project’s principal objective is to improve the use of Sexual and Reproductive Health services for population of 10 rural VDCs of Sindupalchok district within the 3 years in order to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality. Microfinance activities at the groups are regarded as a forum for change in sexual and reproductive health status of the rural women.

 

This project has organized/promoted 150 centres in the work VDCs. Average 20 women members are involved in the centers where they conduct monthly meetings for savings and loan activities. At the same time, the community facilitators provide microfinance and financial literacy modules developed by CMF. Each of the VDCs are provided revolving fund amounting Rs. 400,000. The fund is provided at the center level and used mainly for income generation activities by the members of the center. They operate the revolving fund according to the revolving fund guidelines. The guideline has provisioned to accumulate the fund to their own cooperative once they are registered. The centers are supported with microfinance management skills and required standard ledgers to make the bookkeeping clear and transparent. The members from each center get training on group management and promotion, bookkeeping, record keeping, member education, loan management and business planning. Similarly, the program has provisioned for obstetric and emergency fund which are used to immediate finance the transportation costs for obstetric care. The fund operates with reference to the separate obstetric and emergency fund guidelines.         

 

2. Goal

Reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates in Sindhupalchok district.

 

3. Objectives

To improve the use of Sexual and Reproductive Health services for population of 10 rural VDCs of Sindupalchok district within the 3 years in order to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality

 

4. Expected Results

Access to fund and health services will effectively reduce maternal and newborn mortality and improve their health in the program VDCs of Sindhupalchok district.

 

5. Project Funding Partners: MDM France and CMF