A mother breastfeeds her baby in a remote village in Western Nepal. Thanks to WFP's Mother and Child Health Care (MCHC) programme, women in rural communities are having better access to information on health, nutrition and feeding practices.
A pregnant mother, carrying her daughter, walks in search of cattle fodder in Doti district in Western Nepal. The MCHC programme targets women and children living in food-insecure districts where malnutrition and anemia rates are high.
A government-owned primary health clinic in a rural village of Bajhang district in western Nepal, where WFP supports the MCHC programme. WFP in partnership with Government of Nepal and local NGOs have been implementing MCHC programme in far-flung villages with the objective of providing access to health care facilities and increasing nutritional awareness among pregnant and lactating women.
Women and Children wait for their turn for medical checkup at a health centre in Western Nepal. In 2011, WFP distributed fortified food rations to around 37,000 pregnant and lactating mothers and their children (6-36 months old) in the most remote and food-insecure hill and mountain communities of nine districts under the MCHC programme.
Sita BK, (with Nutrimix Plus bag) is expecting her first baby in another four months. WFP's food rations has helped pregnant women, like Sita, attend health centres and receive important health care for themselves and babies.
"I am hoping of giving birth to a healthy baby," says Sita, who walked four miles to have her health checked up and receive a bag of Nutrimix Plus - a fortified mix of wheat, soya, maize including sugar and enriched with 12 vitamins and six minerals.