NENAP was endorsed by the Government of Nepal in 2016 to address the problem of newborn deaths, and stillbirths in the country. It was endorsed as a part of the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals for women’s and children’s health. It sets a vision for Nepal “in which there are no preventable deaths of newborns or stillbirths, where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth celebrated, and women, babies and children survive, thrive and reach their full potential.”

Our Engagement

Following the endorsement, an initial implementation plan for NENAP was developed for the period between 2016 and 2021 to meet the national targets of NMR and stillbirths. Hence, there was a need to develop a new implementation plan. In this regard, HERD International in partnership with UNICEF has been providing technical support to Family Welfare Division for the development of an implementation plan for the period between 2023 and 2030.

The process involved

The development of the implementation plan involved an extensive process that began with generating evidence through a desk review of existing literature, reports and data. Provincial workshops and discussions with key stakeholders were then held to develop and refine interventions and actions in the action plan and in the process we ensured the participation of health representatives from all three tiers of the federal structure.

Thematic discussions were then held with experts to further discuss and revise the implementation plan. Currently, we are in the process of revising and finalizing the action plan after discussing with the Advisory Committee and TWG. The final NENAP-IP will then be externally reviewed, revised and finalized in a national workshop before being shared with key stakeholders and the public.

Significance of NENAP-IP 2023-2030

The NENAP-IP 2023-2030 is a crucial document that outlines a plan to improve maternal and newborn healthcare and reduce newborn deaths and stillbirths in Nepal. It will guide Nepal’s efforts to implement NENAP and achieve coverage targets and milestones to improve maternal and newborn healthcare. The implementation plan is expected to contribute to Nepal’s efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages, including reducing maternal and newborn mortality.

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