The SAF-Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Programme for Vocational Training of ANM

News Kathmandu Post - 17th September 2006

Scholarships handing over ceremony


Started in 2005, the funds for the second year of South Asia Foundation Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Program for Vocational Training of Assistant Nurse Midwife was handed over at a grand function held at the Maternity Hospital, Kathmandu on 17th September 2006 by SAF Nepal Chairperson Dr. Rita Thapa.

It will be implemented by the PerNatal Society of Nepal in coordination with the CTEVT (Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training), the Maternity Hospital and the Poverty Alleviation Fund.

A total of 50 students will undergo education and practical skills training. These students will be selected from the poorest districts of the country and will come from humble backgrounds.

Handing-over ceremony of SAF-Madanjeet SIngh scholarships funds for ANM training to the CTEVT (Council of Technical Education and Vocational Training) by the SAF Chairperson Nepal Dr. Rita Thapa (right), Vice-Chairman of CTEVT Mr. Prasad Ghimire and Vice-Chairman of PAF (Powerty Aliviation Fund) Mr. Mohan Lal Sainju.



The South Asia Foundation Madanjeet Singh Scholarship Programme for Vocational Training of Assistant Nurse Midwives.

24 hours Maternity Service is a must

KATHMANDU, 17th September - On Sunday Urmila Aryal, Minister for Women Children and Social Welfare, appealed to the Ministry of Health to arrange a VDC-level 24-hour maternity service to save women and their babies who succumb to childbirth.

Speaking at the 10th anniversary of The Perinatal Society of Nepal (PESON) here at the Maternity Hospital, Minister Aryal said, "There should be at least two assistant nurse midwives at all VDC level health institutions to minimize maternal and child mortality". "The Ministry of Health should immediately take steps in this regard." 


She also said the Ministry should start working toward producing the necessary human resources in this regard.

She stressed that health workers, including doctors, have to have gender clarity.

Dr. Bal Kumar Subedi, director of The Family Health Division, said the standard of sub-health posts should be improved. He said that the lack of a maternal health service kills about 13 women and 57 infants (within a week of birth) every day.

The South Asia Foundation (SAF) donated the second lot of 50 Madanjeet Singh Scholarships at the rate of US $600 per student every year. The foundation had also donated 50 scholarships last year. This training has been instrumental in equipping midwives from the rural areas with the skills and knowledge necessary at child-birth.