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Poverty and discrimination often keep Dalits out of hospitals and health centres. This boy cannot walk. The people in the settlement where he lives believe he has polio, although the World Health Organisation says his disability is probably the result of a fall. In either case, he still cannot get around and is unlikely to get any of the medical assistance needed for him to live a healthy and productive life.<br />
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Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer and more isolated regions. It is home to many of Nepal's Dalits - the so-called "untouchables", who are at the bottom of Nepal's strict caste-based system. As well as dealing with abject poverty, these people also have to cope with widespread discrimination by the rest of society, which is fiercest in underdeveloped rural areas. They have little access to services such as healthcare and education and routinely face abuse, from which they are often denied protection by the army and police. In some cases, it is the army and the police who abuse them.

Poverty and discrimination often keep Dalits out of hospitals and health centres. This boy cannot walk. The people in the settlement where he lives believe he has polio, although the World Health Organisation says his disability is probably the result of a fall. In either case, he still cannot get around and is unlikely to get any of the medical assistance needed for him to live a healthy and productive life.

Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer...
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