Family Planning and Contraception in Nepal

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Lakshmi Tharu (in purple), 22, sits with her younger of 2 sons aged 10 and 4 as she gathers with other child mothers and child brides to see Pahari Tharu, 52, the female community health worker in Bhaishahi village, Bardia, Western Nepal, on 29th June 2012. Lakshmi has never been to school and was married to an 11 year old boy when she was nine, giving birth to her first child when she was 12. In Bardia, StC works with the district health office to build the capacity of female community health workers who are on the frontline of health service provision like ante-natal and post-natal care, and working together against child marriage and teenage pregnancy especially in rural areas. Photo by Suzanne Lee for Save The Children UK