A woman in Nepal is 14 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in the UK. On average, 12 Nepali women die each day due to lack of medical care. More women died giving birth during Nepal’s ten year civil war than those who died as a direct result of the conflict. The situation is particularly acute in rural areas, where 85% of the population live, and the majority of these deaths are preventable.
Green Tara Trust is a UK based, buddhist-run charity that helps to save the lives of mothers and babies in Nepal, by promoting antenatal and postnatal care, training health workers, and working with Nepal's government to improve medical facilities.
The charity was established by Karunamati, a London based GP, in 1999. Most of the staff, trustees and volunteers are ordained buddhists within the Triratna community.