Phulmaya Tamang is having an injection

Phulmaya Tamang (left) is 31 and lives in Arubot, Patlekhet in Kavre district, Nepal. She has been married for 14 years and has a 13 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. Phulmaya never went to school and was 18 when she gave birth to her first child. She managed to take adult education classes and can now read and write basic Nepali. “I make lots of mistakes though; sometimes I struggle to read what I wrote myself!” Phulmaya laughs. But she says she can get by, and even keeps accounts for the shop she runs. In addition to the shop, she also rears chicken. ..Phulmaya’s husband was working abroad for many years. Since he has been back, she has been on DPO injections every 3 months, but sometimes she forgets she says. She heard about today’s camp through a Female Community Health Volunteer and is here to get a 5-year implant. She is looking forward to being worry free, she says. “My mother-in-law wants us to have one more child, but my husband and I don’t want any more children. It is hard enough to provide for the two we have. Everything is so expensive these days.” Phulmaya says. Phulmaya walked for about 30 minutes to get to the health post today. She says outreach camp such as these, makes life a lot easier for people like her, as she would have otherwise had to spend a full day to travel to the closest MSI-Nepal center to get this implant. ...Phulmaya’s mother gave birth to 12 children. Most of the boys were sent to school. None of the girls, except her youngest sister, went to school. Her husband has 7 siblings. “Our mothers’ generation did not have access to contraceptives.” Phulmaya says. “My mother learned about DPO injections after her 12th child and that is how she stopped having more children.”