WHEN (Women’s Health and Empowerment Network)
WHEN (Women’s Health and Empowerment Network) is an initiative to address Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) in Nepal. The types and severity of pelvic organ prolapse vary from area to area around the globe; in developing zones, women suffering with pelvic organ prolapse are often ostracized from their communities while they navigate the physical and emotional distress of pelvic organ prolapse. To ensure the success and sustainability of WHEN long term, health education, socio-cultural norms, and income generation must be addressed as well as health screening and treatment.
The WHEN-Nepal pilot program is targeted for 2015 to address uterine prolapse (UP) in the Gakakot VDC, Nepal. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, it had a population of 5127 people living in 1177 individual households. HCN is partnering with APOPS (Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse) to evolve a sustainable campaign to address UP as well as additional village needs.
More about Uterine Prolapse :
Uterine prolapse (UP) is one of the leading causes of ill health and social issue for women in Nepal; this condition creates an environment of rejection for these women, oftentimes from the entire community. Currently Nepal is working to establish awareness of uterine prolapse and develop laws to protect their women from domestic violence, condemnation, and discrimination.
UP impacts the lives of 600,000 women in Nepal. Over 200,000 women currently are in need of immediate surgical intervention for advanced UP including procidentia (uterus has shifted completely outside the vaginal canal), hundreds of thousands more are in need of pessary fittings or maintenance. Heavy lifting, return to work soon after giving birth, malnutrition, and the practice of applying pressure to the abdomen prior to and post-delivery are cultural norms in Nepal that result in a high rate of uterine prolapse.
For More Information on APOPS and UP www.pelvicorganprolapsesupport.org