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.
New subsidies and tax waivers for women entrepreneurs aim to level the playing field for women-owned businesses. Policymakers hope the waivers will boost the nation’s economy while women entrepreneurs see potential benefits closer to home.
Sri Lankans are plagued by tens of thousands of cases of mosquito-borne dengue each year, but recent public-health measures have helped dramatically reduce the death rate of this year’s particularly bad outbreak. Public-health teams are inspecting locales where cases have arisen, and careful treatment of dengue patients and public-awareness campaigns have also helped combat this year’s epidemic.
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.
Nepal relies heavily on remittances sent from workers abroad and nearly a fifth of Nepal’s expatriate workers live in Qatar. Ongoing diplomatic tension in the Persian Gulf has led to a travel ban between Qatar and four countries in the region, and Nepalese workers wait with uncertainty as the ban begins to affect travel costs and working conditions.