Health Mothers' Groups in Nepal: Barriers, Facilitators, and Recommendations

Elsevier, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 6, 1 May 2022
Manandhar S., Adhikari R.P., Acharya A., Pollifrone M.M., Nepali L.B., Darji P. et al.
Background: Nepal's female community health volunteers (FCHVs) each lead a monthly health mothers' group (HMG) to share health-related information and engage communities in the health system. Suaahara II (SII), a US Agency for International Development-funded multisectoral nutrition program, uses social and behavior change interventions to promote HMG participation and uses its health systems interventions to strengthen HMG quality. Objectives: This study aimed to explore HMG functionality and variation across Nepal, including barriers and facilitators to attending HMG meetings. Methods: SII's cross-sectional annual survey data from 16 districts (n = 192 FCHVs and 1850 mothers with children