Gyan Chandra Rajbanshi, the Sitalpati health post chief, provides counseling to the Bisunkes and other families in the district. With the support of the Nepalese government and UNFPA Nepal, he is working to analyze the local use of family planning. The results will help health officials develop strategies to improve women’s access to contraceptive information and supplies.
“Life is hard for the women here,” Gyan Chandra says. “They take care of the children and cattle, make sure the meals are prepared, cater to husbands, and give birth to children over and over again. Every woman should have the right to make informed decisions about the size of her family.”
Tanka Kumari is already planning to resume contraception as soon as she can. In their counseling session with Gyan Chandra, she and Setu decide that after the baby is born, they’ll find a longer-term contraceptive method to use.
“Sometimes we learn a big lesson of life when it’s already too late,” she says. “I am sharing my experiences with other couples so that they can learn something in time. After my children grow up, I will teach them to decide how many children they should have.”
WOMEN AND GIRLS IN HUMANITARIAN SETTINGS
Women and girls face special challenges in crisis situations, and access to family planning and other reproductive health services is essential.
FP2020 wishes to thank partners in Nepal for help documenting the impact of the April 2015 earthquake on the ability of women and girls to access family planning information, services, and supplies.