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Infrastructure Challenges Impede Nepal’s Goal to Improve Health Care

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessAutonomyDevelopmentHealthInfrastructureWomen's Rights

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.

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Why are Patients Rejecting Nepal’s Free Healthcare?

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessHealthPoliticsPower

Millions of people have signed up for Nepal’s national health insurance, which offers free service at approved healthcare facilities for an annual premium. But more than 20% are opting not to renew.

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Fighting Liver Disease in Nepal Means Changing Traditions

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureHealth

In Kathmandu, incidence of liver disease has ballooned. Alcohol plays an important role in local culture, so rooting out the problem means digging deep into tradition.

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Nepalese Mourn Religious, Cultural Sites Damaged and Destroyed in 2015 Earthquake

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureEnvironmentHealth

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.

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In Nepal, Age Change in Government Health Benefit Sparks Debate

Region: Nepal

Topics: Health

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.

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Demand for Transplants Fuels Booming Black Market for Kidneys in Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

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.

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With Doctors and Money in Short Supply, Mentally Disabled Suffer in Rural Nepal

Region: Nepal

Topics: AccessHealth

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.

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Sickle Cell Disease Targets Tribe In Nepal, but Diagnosis, Treatment Expand

Region: Nepal

Topics: Health

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.

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Nepalese Government Considers Amendment to Make Children Financially Responsible for their Parents

Region: Nepal

Topics: Health

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.

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Nepalese Adventurer Paraglides in the Sky But Keeps Feet Planted at Home

Region: Nepal

Topics: CultureEducationHealth

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.

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