Overview of Healthcare Needs
Anecdotal evidence suggests that kidney disease has become an increasing problem in Nepal over the last few years. Dr. Shakti Basnet, founder and president of the Nepal Kidney Foundation, estimates that there are around 30,000 people with kidney-related problems in the country, with 3,000 new patients added to the list each year. Many Nepalese who suffer from kidney disease are unable to afford treatment, and the government provides limited financial assistance for these individuals. Additionally, many regions in Nepal, especially more rural areas, do not have available dialysis clinics, which can lead to lack of treatment and ultimately death for many patients.
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