Health for All: Struggle to Universal Health Coverage
Rollins School of Public Health
Khotang, home to indigenous ethnic Kirat Rai people, is a mountainous rural district of Nepal. People of Khotang struggle to access primary healthcare. Although 76 health facilities are serving in the district, only one physician serves the entire district, since there are no specialist doctors available. This photograph depicts the crowd attending the free mobile healthcare clinic. Most of the visitors trek for 7 hours to 2 days to visit the clinic. The average waiting period to see the doctor would usually be 2-3 hours. In rural Nepal, women are deprived of the right to decide about their health and seeking healthcare. A noticeable number of visitors were female; this was a rare opportunity for them to consult the gynecologist.