POP and Health care Nepal


POP is one of the most widespread reproductive health problems of women in Nepal. It is general accepted that the prevalence of POP in Nepal is substantial higher than in western countries. Furthermore, studies indicate that POP does not only affect older women, but it is also common among younger women.1

Generally, Nepalese women have three main responsibilities: reproduction and child bearing, household maintenance, and income earning. In rural areas, the women’s work burden is considered to be 12%–22% greater than the men’s, and these women must work hard in order to gain acceptance of their husbands and family.

The magnitude of women’s reproductive health problems in developing countries is enormous.2Females are discriminated against males from early childhood on, and this discrimination continues into their adult reproductive years and beyond. Studying gynaecological morbidities is challenging since these issues are considered a taboo topic in Nepal, which makes talking about it very difficult.3

Despite this high prevalence of POP and its considerable burden to women, it has not received sufficient priority within care system in Nepal. The lack of health care resources in Nepal and the geographical constraints of the country have a tremendous negative impact on the quality of services on the problem of POP.4The availability of services, both qualified health workers and medical equipment, is worse in the most rural parts of Nepal because they are hard to reach. Moreover, Nepal is a low-income country and is therefore very much dependent on international donors and programs.