An American woman who had been living in Nepal with her family for eight years was forced to leave the country when her husband was arrested.
Her story is one of a growing number of women being forced to abandon their families in the country because of a lack of access to medical care.
Many women in Nepal face a dire shortage of healthcare professionals and have been left to fend for themselves in makeshift camps where many women are trapped in tents and without adequate facilities to care for their families.
But now the Nepali government has started paying a small stipend to help alleviate the country’s acute shortage of doctors.
Women in Nepal are still not receiving their regular medical treatment and in the camps where they are living, many lack access to basic healthcare services.
The situation is particularly dire in Kathmandu where the Nepalese government has struggled to fill positions in hospitals.
Doctors in Kathas village of Kashi Kashi said women are forced to use makeshift tents because they cannot afford to pay for basic care in the local health centre.
Women are forced into makeshift camps to escape the ravages of the floods which swept through Kathmandue in October.
Some are forced, sometimes with their husbands’ consent, to live in makeshift shelters in which they can only use one bathroom and no sanitary facilities.
Some women have been living with their children and grandchildren for months, others have been forced to stay at home with their parents, said Nargis Rajasekhar, director of the NGO Nepali Association for Health Care.
Some medical facilities have been damaged by landslides, but many others have suffered from lack of equipment, including generators.
Nargis said many women had been left without access to sanitary pads or sanitary clothes.
The situation in Nepal is dire because there is no access to care.
We have no choice but to go to a camp and be in a tent with my husband and my two sons and wait for him to get there.
Nashat Begum, a Nepali doctor, said many patients in the community have also been forced out of the medical system because they are not able to afford basic medical care at the local medical centre.
Many women have also said they are unable to afford sanitary items like tampons and pads.
“This is the worst situation in the world,” said Nefa Khairat, an American doctor in Katha district who has been living and working in Kathandara since 2000.
“Women are very, very poor.
The health system is not working.”
Nepal’s government is now funding a $10,000 monthly stipend for families who are not working.
Doctors said the money would help women like Nargas and other women who do not have the money to pay out of pocket to family members.
“We have to pay all our medical bills, because they have to buy all the supplies,” Nefas said.
“It is very, too much money.”
In Katha, the Nepalis who have been able to secure a position at the Kathmanduri medical centre have been helping women who are now trying to access care.
Nargas said women who have secured positions at the medical centre are now being forced out as they cannot pay their bills.
“When they leave the hospital, they leave with nothing.
If they don’t get their payments, they are forced out,” she said.
The Nepali health minister said he would give his support to the medical staff at the hospital.
Nepali health authorities say more than 100 doctors have been working at the health centre for the past eight years, but there is a shortage of skilled healthcare workers.
A recent survey by the Nepalen Health Authority (NHA) found only 12.8 per cent of the nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers were trained.
The number of health care staff shortages has worsened since Nepal entered the financial crisis in 2015.
Nama Sivamal, a former chief of Nepal’s National Medical Association, said he was not aware of the lack of doctors in the Katha region, which is home to about two-thirds of the country.
“If the government was doing something about this problem, it would be very difficult for me to continue to work in Nepal,” he said.