#26 Neha Malla 🇳🇵 - Fighting for basic health care and nutrition in Nepal with SOCHAI
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🇳🇵 Neha Malla is a health & nutrition activist on a mission to bring basic health care services to the furthest behind in Nepal and strengthen their nutrition status. She is passionate about primary health care, maternal-child health and nutrition and co-founded SOCHAI in 2016, which has been recognised internationally by UNICEF and One Young World.

👩‍👧 We go through the birth of SOCHAI, how the initial team with Bonita Sharma, Manjita Sharma and Aasutosh Dhoj Karki took action by creating the “Nutribeads Bracelet”, a low-tech product for pregnant women that informs about how to feed a child in the first 2 years of their life, and then how they scaled from this first product to support women, children, girls and families reach their full potential in life by improving their health and breaking the vicious intergenerational cycle of malnutrition.

💪 Neha shares her eye-opening moments travelling to all the provinces of Nepal in the wake of the 2015 Earthquake, where she observes the lack of basic health services and infrastructure. We discuss why it’s important for her to have a very strong and transparent team, what are the small moments that helped her discover her true purpose and make SOCHAI succeed!

😇 SOCHAI (Social Changemakers and Innovators) is a social enterprise that combines low cost, low tech innovative product and services to tackle the health and nutrition issues at ground level. 


4’ - A bracelet to improve child nutrition and development

18’ - Observing the lack of basic health services in rural areas of Nepal

30’ - A lifetime passion to be involved in the health sector

38’ - Having a strong team that values open communication and transparency

42’ - Understand the problem and speak to your customers!

48’ - Reaching the furthest behind by collaborating with youth, schools, local health workers, development agencies and government

67’ - Go fast, go alone. Go far, go with a team!

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Please order SOCHAI’s bracelets or know more about their projects.

Connect with Neha on LinkedIn.

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