visual impairment, dental caries, malnutrition, mental health, water sanitation and hygiene, health issues, adolescent, child, nepal
Nepal is one of the world's least-developed countries. Nepalese children are often vulnerable to a lack of resources which leads to suboptimal levels of health in turn. This review article aims to identify health issues and inequities faced by school-aged children greater than five years old in Nepal. A comprehensive search of the literature was conducted in PubMed and Global Health databases to gather relevant studies. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied to select appropriate articles, and 35 full-length articles were reviewed in-depth. The literature supports the association between inadequate resource distribution among Nepalese children and poorer health outcomes compared to youth in developed countries. The key health issues of Nepalese youth identified in the literature consist of diarrheal illness, stunted growth, dental caries, visual impairment, poor mental health, and low health literacy. This review article aims to identify key health issues affecting Nepalese youth as well as propose interventions that can lead to an enhanced quality of life in this population.
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Stoll, Veenah; Edwin, Naomi; Dahal, Kripa; Barnes, John; Pfautsch, Miranda; Maharjan, Lahana; and Blavo, Cyril, "Health Issues Among Nepalese Youth: A Literature Review" (2023). HPD Articles. 229.
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