In November 2014, Thomas Cristofoletti had the change to visit Nepal to work on an assignment for USAID covering one of their project on Healthcare in the country.
During his stay, He had the privilege to document the lives and the extraordinary work of Gita and Jharana, two Female Community Health Volunteers.
They are two of roughly 50,000 health volunteers tasked with encouraging better health behaviours among Nepal’s underserved populations, including expectant and new mothers.
One of the most important behaviours that they help promote is the use of a Chlorhexidine antiseptic gel that is applied to the umbilical cords of newborns throughout the country after birth to prevent infection and newborn death.
USAID has been a major supporter of every step of the Chlorhexidine program over the past decade, from the early stage trials, conducted by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and development, to the current scale-up across Nepal being implemented by JSI and the Nepal government Ministry of Health and Population.