Laxmi is a Nepal trained nurse and Australian trained public health professional who believes in client-centered care where women are respected, educated, supported, and empowered to take charge of their own health. With the concept of social enterprise partnering with the group of female health professionals she initiated to established the first and only female led free-standing birthing and reproductive health centre in Nepal in 2007 that has provided an opportunity for women in accessing alternative option for quality women-centred care in a dignified manner.
Based on the experiencing of running independent birthing centre she realised the importance and need of midwifery skills workforce then she took lead role to establish Midwifery Society of Nepal in 2010 with another 10 nurses involving in teaching midwifery for nursing students and clinically working in maternity units. She is passion about improving sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health services, strengthening midwifery education and service, empowering women and promoting gender equality. She is an Australian Leadership Awardee and had conducted her doctoral study on "Influence of gender-based power relations on sexual and reproductive health knowledge and use among young Nepalese people."
Learn more about Laxmi and MIDSON at http://www.ausaid.gov.au/hottopics/topic.cfm?ID=1914_7489_8187_2588_9517; http://www.unfpa.org/public/site/global/pid/5859; http://www.midson.org