About Me

Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Laxmi Tamang.I am a public health professional with nursing background having 16 years of development sector experience in Nepal. I am a national advocate for midwifery, natural birth, sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn (SRHMN) health, gender equality, girls/women empowerment, social inclusion, social justice and social transformation,  As an Australian Leadership Awardee I have done by doctoral thesis on Influence of gender-based power relations on sexual and reproductive health service knowledge and use among youth in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal.
Interested in human behaviour, attitude and societal transformation and change I love reading about and learning about natural science, psychology, philosophy, writing and anything that stimulates the mind.
I started Blogging in May 2011, because I wanted to be heard and a desire to share what I know and what interests me. 
The topics range from Midwifery, Maternal/Women's Health, Gender, Discrimination and Marginalisation, Racism and Casteism, Social Justice, Corruption, Religion, Philosophy-in all about different topics that interests me. I write what interests me most and, comments, especially Criticisms,with out abusive language are welcome. I am not a professional writer. My knowledge is very limited. And I write when I feel the urge. I have a bad habit of not ‘proof reading’. I would deem it a great help if readers point out mistakes in content, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
My passion and leadership
I am passion about improving women and newborn’s health by empowering women and strengthening midwifery education and service in Nepal. Due to this passion, in 2007, partnering with eleven female health professionals, mainly nurses I led initiation to establish the first and only free standing Birthing/Reproductive Health Care Centre in Nepal, and Midwifery Society of Nepal last year in 2010.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with people who wish to learn more about maternal and child health services in Nepal, way of initiating entrepreneurship with little or no funds and social networking among professionals.
I love nature and learning from the law of nature, which is an ultimate power of this earth and universe. I'm a justice, freedom, peace and truth seeker ignorant learner trying to awake myself from my asleep state of mind. 
Networked learning and communities of practice
I am very interested in networking among professionals and like-minded people to share and learn from each other, both formally and informally, and nationally and internationally. My own international networking experiences include collaborating with midwives in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Japan, Canada, UK, Australia and USA in sharing, learning and strengthening midwifery education and services, including helping student midwives and medical students for their elective placement in Nepal through Midwifery Society of Nepal, coordinating with different public hospitals in Nepal. This networking resulted in providing support from Tokyo Humanised Care Centre for supplying new and used babies and children clothing to distribute to poor Nepalese children in May 2011; supported our Birthing Centre volunteering by Australian Midwife, Ms. Julie Anne Dowdell from Perth since April 2011 to date; contributed US $300 by student midwives, Ms. Lauren Bridle and Ms. Samatha Pitt from the University of Surry, UK for our Birthing Centre and Midwifery Society of Nepal in 2010; donated Birthing Model by Ms. Cathy Ellis, Midwifery Instructor from the University of British Columbia to Midwifery Society of Nepal in 2010; donated used clothes of kids by USA midwives in 2009; supported to design webpage of Midwifery Society of Nepal by Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) in 2010; and currently invited me to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Organization of Maternal and Child Health, USA based NGO.
Recently (June 1st week) I was able to successufully faciliate the collaboration between the Global Health Media Project, USA based NGO working for Newborn Care Video Services and Paroparkar Women's and Maternity Hospital, Kathmandu; Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan; and B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Sunsari. 
My work and experiences have been shared in different ways some of these you can learn from UNFPA webpage at http://www.unfpa.org/public/site/global/pid/5859 and AusAID’s Webpage at http://www.ausaid.gov.au/hottopics/topic.cfm?ID=1914_7489_8187_2588_9517.
On a personal level, I am from the eastern part of Nepal, small beautiful town, Dharan, Sunsari district. I have four siblings, three brothers and one sister as a Buddhist Nun. I live with my mum aged 76 in the Kathmandu valley, Lalitpur Sub-metropolitian City Ward No. 14.
From the very beginning of my professional career with the local NGO, WOREC I got the opportunity to work with diverse women groups and female community health workers working in different parts of the country. I used to provide them trainings on sexual and reproductive health related topics such as family planning, sexually transmitted infections/HIV/AIDs and maternal health. Working in the community for several years and observing the conditions of women especially before, during and after childbirths had triggered me to contribute my expertise to uplift the health status of women and their newborns.
In addition, my mother gave birth to her first child at home without anybody assistance in the remote eastern hill of the country (Bhojpur district) and had long labours, heavy bleeding and was not given adequate food and care during childbirth. So, she discouraged me and my elder sister from getting married and having children because of the pain and suffering that she experienced during childbirth. She did not want her daughters to go through the same ordeal. She became an inspiration to me, so that I could make a difference in the lives of women. I feel that I am born in this world to do something good and better, especially for rural women and their babies. So, I have committed my life to help women and also urge everyone working for women's health to make thoughtful evidence-based decisions and to take action to promote successful interventions like the midwifery model of maternity care to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in the resource-poor settings.
I love to build my own personal network among professionals and explore new ways of networking opportunities and mentoring. In 'real' life I love to support needy people, learn and share, mentor, play with dog, and at the moment I am learning about writing academic papers for journals.
My Schooling and early childhood life
Whenever I recalled my early childhood education I feel sad because I did not have a pleasant schooling. I still remember at the age of six, I was first enrolled in the local primary public school. My parent were illiterate and belong to indigenous ethnic group, Tamang had migrated to small town, Dharan  from the remote eastern hill region of Nepal, Bhojpur district in search of bright future for their children to provide good education so that they do not have to suffer in their lives as they did. Having five children within very short birth interval of 1-2 years they found challenging to afford for their education. So, compromising with the quality of education they admitted all five children in the local primary public school, where education was considered low standard. Since both my parent was uneducated we had faced difficulties in doing our assignments at home because there was no who could guide us in our study at home. Therefore, we couldn't perform well in the classes and exams compared to other students.
My mother vividly remembers that one day school's principal, Mr Yam Bahadur Magar invited her to discuss about her children's school performance. Sadly, she was informed that her children were not doing well in the classes and he does not see that her children have faces like studying and they are not going to study and get good education in their lives. Hearing this, my mother said she was very disappointed and in reply she asserted that "I didn't know that by looking at my children’s faces how anyone could tell whether they will study or not".
After studying while in that school we were transferred to another school in which teachers were very supportive and strict than our previous school. I studied two years in this school and completed by grade two. At the age of ten my parent along with my two siblings took us to Brunei because being an ex-British soldier known as “Gurkhas” my father got the job in the king’s place in Brunei.
As Brunei was a new place for us everything was new, language and education system so at the age of ten again I was admitted in class one. After studying a year, at the age of eleven I was very sick and hospitalised for a year due to my left leg swollen and abscess was formed below my knee joint. This has happened because I injured my leg while playing the metal swing. Therefore, I could not attend the school for whole one year  because I was hospitalised and put plaster of paris cast up to my waist.  Thereafter, I had to attend doctor's appointed regularly and also I was not able to walk properly without the assistance of crutch and wheelchair due to this I was not admitted in the school.
By the time I returned to Nepal at the age of 13, I was grown up and tall. I was able to read few English sentences therefore, I got the admission in class six. Because I missed out all my critical time for learning mathematical calculations such as multiplications, divisions and geometries I was very poor in maths. However, even with failing marks in math I was upgraded to class seven and likewise up to class ten. But in the class nine I had to choose optional subjects so despite being failed in maths I dare to choose optional maths and science because I wanted to become a nurse due to the love and care that I received from nurses during my hospitalisation. Only in the class ten before the final exam in my deep request my parent was barely able to manage tuition fee for a month long tuition class of my optional maths and science.
When the time came to appear in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam, also known as “Iron Gate” I was somehow prepared for the exam. But things always do not go as we expect. On the third day of my exam when examiner from the district education department came for supervision and monitoring he came close to me and asked me to stand up. I was quite amazed why he asked me to stand up and took my paper. I enquired him why he is doing so and in reply he said you have cheated. I didn’t know why he was accusing me in that way. Then I told him to show the evidence then he said you asked me for the evidence, what is this picking up the cheat from the floor he showed me. I was shocked. He said now your marks will be minus because you have cheated. I appealed him saying that I didn’t do that but he didn’t listen and trust me. I became so emotional and couldn’t tolerate the accusation so I cried and decided not to continue my exam so left the exam hall with the feeling that my future has been destroyed. Thereafter, I didn’t appear in the rest of the exam days and feeling dreadful I started to work in the farm rearing goats and chickens and doing household chores because my father was sick due to cancer on his leg. In this way, I spent three years and my father also had passed away at the age of 52. For his treatment we spent whatsoever property we had. So, after his death I was pressurised even to work hard in the farm because my mother has to support for my younger brothers schooling as well as for our daily subsistence.  
One day when I was carrying heavy baskets of firewood from the forest, I realised that I would be carrying those baskets for the rest of my life and would not fulfill my aim unless I obtained good education.  So, the funds that I generated from chickens and goats I spent for the preparation of my SLC exam. Also, the income that I had generated selling goats and chickens helped me to pay and obtained my three-year certificate level of nursing course. Later, to do my two-year bachelor of nursing course I borrowed some amount from my brother to complete my training. Then, I committed myself if I want to do my master degree in the future then I would not do with my own cost, I will search for the scholarship. So, I did my Master in Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Australia, through the Australian Government Scholarship and completed my PhD from the University of Sydney in 2015 in the financial assistance received from the Australian Leadership Award. I'm thankful to each and every individual and institution who aspire and inspire in empowering with education to support self as well as else.