FCHV News Letter "Our Voices" (Hamro Kura)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/ Center for Communication Programs

The Nepal Family Health Program (NFHP-I) was a six-year (2002-2007) bilateral activity of United States Agency for International Development, Nepal (USAID/N) with the Government of Nepal. Its overall goal was to support the Government’s long-term goal of reducing fertility and under-five mortality within the context of the National Health Policy and Second Long-Term Health Plan 1997-2017. 

The program received an overwhelming response from the audience, female community health volunteers (FCHVs) in 54 districts of the country. The FCHVs were writing enthusiastic letters about how pleased they were with the program.  Reading the letters, the program managers grabbed a unique opportunity to make the best use of the audience responses through publication of a semiannual newsletter called Our Voice’ (Hamro Kura) for FCHVs.

The news letter contained selected letters, poems, songs and real life stories of FCHVs which were produced and distributed to all FCHVs of 75 districts of Nepal.  The first issue was launched during the observation of first National FCHV Day on October, 2004. The newsletter provided a forum for FCHVs to express their thoughts, concerns, issues and make their voices heard among the policy makers, planners, health workers and the general public. A total of five issues the News letters were designed, produced and distributed to all FCHVs during the three years of the RHP.