Bimala Parajuli is a volunteer health worker in rural Nepal. She treks long distances in her mountainous district to deliver an inexpensive antiseptic ointment to expectant mothers. As many as a quarter of newborn deaths could be prevented with the use of this medicine, chlorhexidine. The challenge is getting it to the women who need it in time. For more, visit pri.org/stories/2014-03-16/ointment-could-save-half-million-newborns-year-and-it-costs-20-cents.
Filmed and reported by The World's Sonia Narang.
This video is part of a new series from PRI's The World, "The Ninth Month: Pregnancy and Childbirth Around the World." Visit pri.org/ninthmonth.
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