Landlocked between China and India

  Home of the world's tallest mountain--Everest, and eight of the
   world's ten tallest peaks

 At nearly 57,000 square miles, Nepal is about the size of Arkansas
  Arkansas:		2.7 million people
  Nepal:		28 million people

 Seven geographical zones ranging from tropical to subarctic

 As one of the world's poorest countries, it is estimated:
  15% have access to electricity
  55 out of 75 districts are nutritionally deficient
  50% of children under age five are underweight
  42% live below the Nepali poverty line
  literacy rate is 40% (Nepali fifth grade education--up 
    from 1% in the 1950s)
    62% are male and 27% are female
  over 700 schools have closed due to Maoist violence
  200,000 Nepalis are internally displaced due to the Maoist conflict
  Nepal shelters 100,000 Bhutanese refugees
  Nepal continues to process 2,500 Tibetan refugees fleeing their 
    homeland annually

 Disaster prone with frequent floods and earthquakes

 Women's and children's health issues include:
  female trafficking
  prolapsed uterus
  blindness due to trachoma
  63% of pregnant and lactating women are anemic
  infant mortality rate is 65.32 out of 1,000 live births	
    (compared to the U.S. rate of 6.43 live births out of 1,000)
  9% of births are attended by trained personnel
  5% of births are in a health facility
  16% of the rural population have access to sanitation facilities
  51% of urban population have access
  Nepal's population is 90% rural
  diarrhea and death from dehydration are serious problems for children 
    under age five 



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