February 2023

IDEA Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA)Training – 2022

Project 345 Annual Report 2022

The Ministry of Health has adopted a policy to offer SBA training to health personnel. There is high demand for skilled birth attendants in Nepal especially in the rural communities. As per the changing trends and innovations taking place, health personnel need to be equipped by special training such as SBA to offer better services for safe deliveries in the communities. Thus, in consultation with the concerned authorities of the Health Ministry, IDEA managed SBA training in 2022.

This program started at the beginning of September 2022 in Pokhara with 15 participants. The program was completed by the second week of December, 2022. All 15 participants received placement in their respective communities. The local Municipal authorities have already offered them employment contracts on a temporary basis. Upon their satisfactory performance they will be offered permanent positions when the Public Service Commission opens national vacancies. Priorities will be given to those who are working on temporary placements.

IDEA believes that this training is a success as it is based on problem-based teaching. The participants apply their newly learnt skills and knowledge into their daily responsibilities. Thus, it has a positive impact in the community by saving the lives of mothers and children.

This project was funded by TRAS Canada with a support of 15,000 Canadian dollars. The financial audit report and program report were submitted to TRAS.

One student wrote: “I have learnt, through my training on how to handle safe delivery in my health post with confidence.”

Another wrote: “Working in the rural community health post where health personnel are in demand, I now can handle safe delivery cases”

Read more about the SBA Training Project here


A conversation with author and Giller Prize nominee Tsering Yangzom Lama and TRAS

A Zoom event
Monday, February 27, 2023
7:00 pm PST

Breathtaking, powerful, gorgeously written – just some of the praise for her debut novel about Tibetans in exile, a story of colonization, exile and the importance of family. Tsering’s book, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2022. 

Event overview: We are excited to offer this Zoom event and extend an invitation to our friends everywhere to join TRAS in a conversation with Tsering Yangzom Lama.

To register: Email info@tras.ca 
An email with the Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before the event. 

Donations for this free event will go to TRAS’ Tibetan projects. Donate here.

Hold the date: Monday, February 27, 2023 at 7:00 pm (PST).

Please share this invitation with your friends and networks, everyone is welcome!

Meet the author:

   (photo credit: Paige Crichter)

Tsering Yangzom Lama is a Tibetan Canadian author based in Vancouver. Born and raised in Nepal, she’s also lived in Toronto and New York City. 

Her debut novel, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies, published in 2022, recounts a Tibetan family’s struggle to create new lives of dignity, love and hope after China’s invasion of Tibet in the 1950s. Readers follow sisters Lhamo and Tenkyi on a multi-decade journey through exile, from a harrowing trek across the Himalayas to a refugee camp on the border of Nepal. Decades later, the sisters are separated. Tenkyi lives in Toronto with Lhamo’s daughter Dolma, who has to decide if it’s worth risking her dreams to help her community. 

Tsering Yangzom Lama holds a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a MFA from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Globe and Mail, the Malahat Review and Grain. She has been a resident at Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center and more. Lama is currently a storytelling advisor with Greenpeace International. 

We look forward to seeing you on February 27. 2023 at 7:00 pm (PST)

The TRAS Board