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Vanderbilt Women’s Health

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Although women in industrialised countries have narrowed the gender gap in life expectancy and now live longer than men, in many areas of health they experience earlier and more severe disease with poorer outcomes. According to the Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) 2006, 44{81e094de5f9698b6650739df65a0281ee1c031cdcd8e6b18ca7d9b911a0631ef} of women receive antenatal care from skilled birth attendants (SBAs), that is, a doctor or nurse-midwife; only 29{81e094de5f9698b6650739df65a0281ee1c031cdcd8e6b18ca7d9b911a0631ef} of pregnant women make antenatal care visits during their pregnancy; and less than 19{81e094de5f9698b6650739df65a0281ee1c031cdcd8e6b18ca7d9b911a0631ef} of births take place with the assistance of SBAs in a health facility, whereas 81{81e094de5f9698b6650739df65a0281ee1c031cdcd8e6b18ca7d9b911a0631ef} take place at home.womens health

This requires locating services close to the people that need them, adapting the services to local cultures and making them free of charge as our beneficiaries are often among the poorest sector of the population and cannot afford to pay for health care.

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