SO THE CHILD MAY LIVE is a Liverpool-based charity which works to help with training and development of staff at the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, the only dedicated children’s hospital in the country. We also support a clinic in the village of Jaganarthpur in the south of Nepal where there are no other nearby medical facilities.
We hold sponsored walks, quiz nights, bring-and-buy sales and all sorts of other fund-raising activities. Why not join us?
Bordered by the great Himalayan mountains to the north, nestling between India and China, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with high rates of sickness and deaths.
The death rate for children under 1 year old is 150 per 1,000 (the same figure in the UK is less than 10). Leading diseases and illnesses include diarrhoea, goiter, intestinal parasites, leprosy and tuberculosis. Nepal also has high rates of child malnutrition and under-five mortality. Life expectancy is 59 years and only 59% of the population has safe drinking water. About half the population eats less than 30% of the recommended calorie intake. Burns are a major problem as people mostly use open fires for cooking and heating because so few areas have electricity.