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International Volunteer Day & 12th National FCHVs Day
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International Volunteer Day & 12th National FCHVs Day

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The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.


The theme of International Volunteer Day 2015 is ”The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!”
IVD 2015 is challenging every one of us to be part of implementing the newly launched Global Goals, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Similarly, The 12th Female Community Health Volunteers’ Day is celebrated across the country on Saturday by organizing various activities in districts, and in community level health institutions across the country.
The slogan for National FCHVs Day is 

”mahila swaasthya sewika ko sewa

swasthya samaaj ko laagi TEWAA’

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FCHVs Lekhnath 14 and 15

The Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV) Programme IN Nepal was started in 1988 by the Ministry of Health and Population in order to improve community participation and to enhance the outreach of health services through local women working voluntarily. Initially the strategy proposed one FCHV per ward in rural areas. 

In the mid-1990s a “population based” strategy was adopted in 28 districts whereby additional FCHVs were recruited leading to a current total of nearly 50,000 FCHVs in Nepal and 97 % of them are in are in the rural areas.
FCHVs play an important role in contributing to a variety of key public health programs, including family planning, maternal care, child health, vitamin A supplementation/ de-worming and immunization coverage. They are the foundation of Nepal’s community-based primary health care system and are the key referral link between the health services and communities. Additionally FCHVs have made significant contributions to women’s leadership and empowerment at the Village Development Committee (VDC) level, and several active FCHVs are as VDC members.


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