Rural women's health needs are often given short-shrift in Nepal. Nepali women spend countless hours working in the fields, carrying heavy loads, and cooking with wood fuel in poorly-ventilated kitchens. Women often eat after the men in their families, and have to sustain themselves with whatever food is remaining. Given this disparity and the lack of awareness regarding health issues of concern to village women, ETC offers a variety of trainings and programs, which help women's group members improve the health and sanitation of their families, homes, and communities.
Through Health Awareness trainings, women's group members learn basic strategies for taking better care of themselves and their families. Safe Motherhood trainings provide women with a basic understanding of pre-natal care, which leads to healthier pregnancies and healthier babies. Health education programs are also facilitated in the schools with which ETC works, instilling in students an awareness of health issues and an understanding of the need for good hygiene. Every women's group member is provided with materials needed for constructing a toilet (including a septic tank) which improves family hygiene and keeps the surrounding environments clean. ETC also helps women's group members learns to use alternative cooking sources, such as smokeless bio-briquette stoves.