Nepalese government is to start providing free maternity care

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b124
  1. Khagendra Dahal
  1. 1Kathmandu

    Women in Nepal are to receive free maternity care from 14 January in an attempt to reduce infant and maternal mortality, the government has announced.

    Girirajmani Pokharel, the minister for health, said at a press conference to announce the new service, “The government has made a decision on this . . . to encourage women to have their babies delivered in health centres.”

    The National Health and Demographic Survey showed that in 2006 less than half of pregnant women in Nepal received antenatal care and only a …

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