|Me with our three midwife volunteers: Asha (Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, England); Fiona (Head of Midwifery, England); Hilary (Lead Midwife for Education, Scotland)|
|Planning their ideal birthing rooms. and thinking about small changes they could make right now to improve the environment for birthing women|
|Role playing birth in upright positions. They were fascinated (and we had a lot of fun!)|
Today I attended a Human Resources for Health workshop in the 5 star 'Yak and Yeti' Hotel http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/index.php - take a look at the website, it's an incredible place It was a shame we couldn't stay for lunch! It was a great opportunity to network with health ministers, heads of professional associations, Deans of Universities, NGOs and other agencies and do some advocacy on behalf of the Midwifery Society of Nepal. Hopefully the Universities will soon agree to deliver the midwifery curriculum - but everything here is entrenched in stultifying political red tape. It's very frustrating.
I had meetings with UNFPA, Ministry of Health and Nursing Council representatives in the afternoon then took the volunteers out for dinner this evening, together with a British Midwife living here in Nepal and her lovely 12 year old daughters. Tomorrow is meetings and project plans before leaving for the airport at 6am on Sunday morning - and doing all of this again in Uganda next week!