Arzu Rana Deuba, WRA Nepal
February 6, 2014
When in 1996, Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba called her fellow citizens together to form the Safe Motherhood Network Federation of Nepal, she did not know she was creating the model which grew into the global White Ribbon Alliance.
She did know – from personal experience – that when women have complications during childbirth, their lives hang in the balance.
17 years later, Dr. Arzu, now National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance Nepal (SMNF), says “the global alliance is 14 counties strong, and in Nepal we have grown into an influential coalition of organisations in every District, speaking with one voice, working together for change and holding our politicians to account for our high maternal death rate.”
White Ribbon Alliance Nepal is now pressing the government to pass a Safe Motherhood Bill. “This will make sure that all women are treated with care and respect during pregnancy, childbirth and afterwards,” says Dr. Arzu, “enshrining women’s rights to decent maternal health services in our national laws so that all mothers can have their babies in safety.”