Supporting Mothers at the Roof of the World
97% of Tibetan women give birth unattended in a region of extreme poverty and a long history of violence. In 2004, COHI responded by conducting an in-depth needs assessment. This led to a collaboration with the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund (TPAF) in training local midwives in Nagchu, Tibet. Over two years, COHI recruited participants, developed curricula, and trained midwives on basic maternal health. COHI also trained village doctors on emergency obstetric care. The program's success was determined through intensive monitoring and evaluation during the summer of 2006 and positive feedback from local NGOs and the Ministry of Health. COHI formally concluded its programming in this region in 2008. It is open to future partnerships should such opportunities arise.