Health Worker's Bag

Volunteer health worker Bimala Parajuli picks up a shoulder bag containing prenatal vitamins, health pamphlets, and tubes of chlorhexidine, an antiseptic that protects newborns from infections.

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Sonia Narang

Health Worker Bimala Parajuli

Parajuli walks through her village on her way to a pregnant woman's home.

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Sonia Narang

Health Worker Bimala Parajuli

Parajuli points out how far she travels in her mountainous district, where medical services are scarce. She often walks up to two hours each way to deliver medicines.

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Sonia Narang

Health Worker Bimala Parajuli

After a long walk, Parajuli arrives at a pregnant woman's home in her village.

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Sonia Narang

Health worker handwash

Parajuli washes her hands before demonstrating how to apply chlorhexidine.

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Sonia Narang

Parajuli (right) gives eight-month pregnant Urmila (left) a package of chlorhexidine.

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Sonia Narang

Chlorhexidine tube

Parajuli instructs pregnant women to apply the chlorhexidine gel to the stump of a newborn’s umbilical cord right after birth. She uses a doll for the demonstration.

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Sonia Narang

Pregnant woman in Nepal

Urmila, an expectant mother, learns how to apply the chlorhexidine gel.

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Sonia Narang

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