Nepal’s New Era of Physiotherapy

In the wake of Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake—which left 22,000 injured—the country has embraced a more inclusive, rights-based approach to disability.

In Kathmandu, people with disabilities choose from a growing roster of rehab centers offering services like physiotherapy, which Nepal deemed a basic health service in 2017.

But while Nepal is 81% rural, rehab centers remain largely out of reach beyond cities. Just 25 of Nepal’s 2,000 physiotherapists have been deployed to remote areas. The nonprofit Humanity & Inclusion is helping bridge that gap with 7 physiotherapy and rehab units across areas most affected by the earthquake.



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