Celebrating 8th FCHV day in Kathmandu
December 5, 2011, Many representatives from different agencies, NGOs and government ministries gathered today at the Department of Health to celebrate the essential role played by Nepal’s 50,000 Female Community Health Volunteers, commonly known in Nepal a FCHVs. It was a special day as the 8th FCHV day was celebrated in conjunction with the 10th International Volunteer's day.
Chief Guest Dr. Sudha Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Population officially launched the event. In her remarks, Dr. Sharma appreciated UNICEF's consistent contribution to empower FCHVs in Nepal since its initial years.
Representative of UNICEF in Nepal, Ms. Hanaa Singer, was amongst the key note speakers. She noted that the role of the FCHV is essential as Nepal strives to achieve the MDGs. “UNICEF is proud to have supported the programme since the beginning,” she said, “but we must recognize that there is also a need to strengthen the health service delivery through fortifying the peripheral health institutions and outreach clinics.” She went on to point out that the FCHVs are true volunteers, and that they need wide and systemic recognition and support through appropriate policies and strategies.
All the speakers highlighted the contribution FCHVs have made in reducing mother and child mortality. Thirteen FCHVs from various districts were honored with certificates for their selfless efforts and hard work. A documentary and a docu-drama about the life and work of FCHVs were also screened during the event.