Women in Nepal face the highest risk of maternal death in South Asia.
... the maternal mortality ratio still stands at 281 deaths per 100,000 live births. The majority of women (81%) deliver at home, and less than 19% of births take place with the assistance of a Skilled Birth Attendant.
Key challenges include the limited number of health workers in Nepal, as well as the inadequacy of emergency obstetric care services. Women also face barriers due to costs, lack of transportation and long distances to health facilities.
Dr. Pushpa Chaudhary, from the Paropkar Maternity and Women's Hospital in Kathmandu, said "For the first time in the history of Nepal, the new Interim Constitution has declared the state's commitment and responsibility for people's health. Free maternity services and a safe delivery incentive program have been launched, but it is important to ensure quality of services and regular funding to sustain the program.