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Disability in Nepal

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 15% of the world's population lives with a significant physical or mental disability. Due to the limited data available on disability in Nepal, it is hard to predict exactly how many children are living with disability. However, what we do know is that in addition to children born with disability, Nepal’s civil war, lack of rural medical services, insufficient education, and the devastating earthquake in April of 2015 have added to the number of children living with disability. Considering the high level of poverty and poor access to healthcare, especially in the hilly and mountainous regions where the earthquake hit the hardest, it is clear to see why hospitals like HRDC are crucial in reaching the most disadvantaged children in Nepal.Read more...

A child with a disability has a challenging life anywhere in the world. In Nepal, a disabled child faces a number of challenges that affect his or her ability to attend school and become independent. These difficulties are compounded by terrain, remoteness of villages, and cultural stigma about disabilities. Unable to go to school or help their families, many children with disabilities are trapped at home, neglected and ostracized.

In Nepal, there is a strong belief that disability is due to sins in a past life. These beliefs often prevent children with disabilities from accessing appropriate education or health care facilities because families are ashamed of their children or do not see the benefit of sending them to school. According to Human Rights Watch, nearly 30 percent of the parents of persons with disabilities surveyed for a 2001 study reported that the disability of their child was due to fate and God's will.

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