The journey to Simjung is not for the faint-hearted. The Village Development Committee (VDC) in Gorkha district, epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, is accessible only by dirt roads that challenge the bravehearts too. The sight of rocks falling along the hills scarred by frequent landslides is quite common along the way, especially during monsoon. Simjung, which lies around 180 kilometres northwest of Kathmandu, was heavily affected by the earthquake, which destroyed the village’s only health post. Since then, accessing essential health services had been quite an issue for the villagers, especially pregnant women and new mothers. In July, UNICEF delivered medical tents and essential health supplies to establish a birthing centre there.
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