Women in rural areas can face 20-hour journeys on foot to give birth in a hospital. Nepal has ambitious plans to fight maternal mortality and bring facilities to underserved areas – but the reality looks much tougher.
Some of Nepal’s most beloved religious and cultural sites were damaged or destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake, and local people say they’re grieving the loss of favorite places of worship. Reconstruction will take years, and it’s not clear when those projects will begin.
Since 2006, seniors citizens in Nepal have been defined as any person over 60. But in June, the government announced a new health insurance benefit, that will only be offered to people over 70. A questionable decision, advocates say, because the average life expectancy in Nepal is 71.
When a kidney is stolen, who’s to blame? In Nepal, police and transplant hospitals seem powerless to thwart a growing trade in black-market kidneys, many taken from young Nepali men in exchange for promised payments that they never receive.
Families in rural Nepal, often isolated and impoverished, struggle to care for children with special needs. Healthcare is scarce in mountain villages and mental healthcare is even harder to find, leaving mentally disabled people without basic treatment or even diagnoses.
The government is training local doctors and nurses to staff health camps in a number of districts. Still, amid prohibitive costs, many among the Tharu people lack the identity cards needed to get free treatment for this genetic blood disease.
Nepal’s old age homes are filled with aging citizens who were abandoned by their adult children. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has put forth an amendment to the Senior Citizens Act which would require children to pay 10 percent of their income toward their parents’ care. It includes provisions allowing the elderly to keep a portion of their property, and civil penalties for elder abuse.
In 2011, Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar set a world record of 8,865 meters (29,084 feet) for free flight and were hailed internationally by the paragliding community. But while many other Nepalese seek opportunities abroad, Sherpa has chosen to stay put and start a farm and a business locally.