Blogger/author Sushma Joshi’s compelling thoughts on the gap between “modern” and “traditional” medicine in Nepal:
Last Tuesday, Kalpana Dhimal (28), hung herself after she couldn’t afford health care for her infant daughter. The baby died a day later. “Poverty-stricken mom hangs self,” was the headline of a national daily. According to the same report, the child was running a 105 degree fever. The nursing home demanded Rs.1,700 per day. Like many women, she didn’t ask her husband or family for the money. She chose to die instead.
Joshi’s article mentions the use of guava leaves to treat epilepsy. Read the full article here.