Care Women Nepal was founded in 1998 by Indira Thapa, from Muga, Dhankuta, Nepal. As a young child, Indira witnessed the death of a young women during pregnancy due to a lack of reproductive health services within the region. She decided that she had to act. Indira founded CWN out of a desire to provide reproductive health services to the women in Dhankuta.
In 2014, upon realising the prevalence and stigmatized nature uterine prolapse in Nepal , CWN began screening women in Dhankuta for the condition. While it is difficult to say exactly how many women in Nepal suffer from uterine prolapse, a 2007 study carried out by the Center for Agro-Ecology and Development found that over 1 million women in Nepal suffer from the condition, many of whom require surgery and 40% of whom are of reproductive age.
Care Women Nepal seeks to lift the voices of marginalized women, enabling them to realize their right to reproductive health: During health camps, women with less severe cases of uterine prolapse are treated on site. Women found to be experiencing severe prolapse are offered counselling and scheduled for surgery in Biratnagar, Nepal. Women who require surgical intervention are provided with full financial support and transportation to and from Biratnagar.
Care women Nepal combats the stigmatization of women experiencing uterine prolapse: Women experiencing uterine prolapse are often shamed by family members and their community. Many women suffer for years in silence out of fear of being marginalized. To address this stigmatization, health camps are preceded by a major campaign of outreach and awareness. During camps, CWN carries out educational forums which provide communities with information about uterine prolapse and its risk factors. Said forums spur open and informative dialogue about the condition, illuminating the ways in which certain sociocultural norms increase women’s risk of developing prolapse.
Care Women Nepal addresses both the immediate and future reproductive health needs of women in Dhankuta. By providing treatment and arranging for surgery, Care Women Nepal addresses the urgent health needs of women in Dhankuta, significantly improving their well-being and quality of life. Likewise, Care Women Nepal creates an environment where all community members are provided with important information about uterine prolapse and the factors that leave women at increased risk of developing prolapse. Providing information to community members of all genders aids to lessen the stigmatization that women suffering from the condition experience. By combining both downstream and upstream advocacy strategies, Care Women Nepal empowers women in Dhankuta, enabling them to realize their right to reproductive health.