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    Nepal

    Nepal faces several barriers to development. Landlocked and isolated by its unique geography, many charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) often fail to reach the poorest and most isolated communities in Nepal.

    Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. Its development was further set back after destructive earthquakes hit the country in April 2015. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) reported that 269 health facilities were completely damaged and 526 have partial damage countrywide during the quake-- a serious setback, particularly in rural, isolated communities.

    Preventable disease in isolated areas

    Despite significant advances in the past 25 years, Nepal ranks 145th on the 2014 Human Development Index. While deaths from endemic diseases have decreased, rural populations continue to suffer from easily preventable and treatable diseases.

    These easily treated diseases include childhood malnutrition, infectious diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, and measles. Inadequate health care means high rates of preventable death, especially among children.

    The 2015 earthquakes destroyed or partially damaged nearly 800 health facilities-- further weakening the nation's healthcare system.

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    A young mother and her baby, Proban, received care from MTI after the earthquake took their home. 

    Read their story.


    Earthquake in Nepal

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    Did you know?

    • 13% of children under the age of 5 die from acute respiratory infections
    • Only 54% of pregnant women had access to antenatal check-ups
    • Pneumonia & diarrhea-- preventable killers-- account for 46% of under-5 deaths


    Lack of Resources

    Years of armed conflict and poor governance have slowed development. The Hindu Caste system, while declining in influence, continues to have a strong effect on the culture of inequality of rural Nepalese. This creates greater political and social isolation, and slows steps towards equality.

    There is a deadly shortage of health care workers in these areas, which only exacerbate poorly-resourced clinics. Only 36% of births in Nepal are attended by skilled health personnel.

    Many times, non-governmental organizations fail to reach the poorest and most isolated communities--so, those most in need of support are dramatically under-served.

    Bringing health to the most isolated

    Our work targets these under-served areas in rural and isolated regions of Nepal. We are implementing long-term development programs to meet the medical needs of people in the Dhading District-- the epicenter of the quake's destruction.

    Our programs center on increasing childhood survival through improved access and awareness around infant nutrition and early-childhood feeding, in addition to improving reproductive, maternal and newborn services by increasing access at local health facilities.
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    With such limited accessibility, remote areas were especially hard-hit by the 2015 earthquake.

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