“The district of Achham where Nyaya Health works, located in Far Western Nepal, suffers from some of the worst child health indicators in the world. The infant mortality rate in Achham is 98.8 per 1000 live births, which is double that of the Nepali national average and fifth highest in the world, ranking behind Somalia. The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) is 18%, with a severe acute malnutrition (SAM) prevalence of 3.6% among children under five. The World Health Organization considers a GAM prevalence rate of 15% an “emergency threshold,” and it is well documented that SAM increases the risk of childhood death by 9.4 times. It is this population of children at highest risk of death in their first five years of life that we seek to reach with this project. We expect the interventions in this proposal to reach a total of 11,872 children in the first year alone.”
Jackie Pierson is the director of data and evaluation for Nyaya Health.
The first month of data from the pediatrics ward in the Emergency Room at Bayalpata Hospital is now available. The data is important because it will advise us, as an organization, with the information needed to improve our services and the care that we are able to offer. We will be using pre- and post-intervention data to measure the effectiveness of our project. Future programs and services will be revised based upon the data we gather in this initial phase.
Pediatric patients are an especially vulnerable population. Here is an excerpt from the proposal that resulted in the grant to fund the pediatrics ward: