Discussion Topic 2: Underdeveloped Countries and the Healthcare Pyramid
Identify an underdeveloped country. Describe the healthcare pyramid of this country by
explaining the secondary, primary, and community care. What gaps exist in the healthcare
pyramid for this country? What is currently being done to narrow these gaps? 200
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The secondary, community, and primary care in Nepal; nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and
healthcare facilities are of poor quality and these are beyond a majority of the Nepalese’s means.
Health care services provision is constrained by insufficient government funding. The excluded
and poor have limited basic healthcare access because of low availability and high costs (Karkee
& Kadariya, 2013). Health services demand is lowered by health education lack. There is
negligence to reproductive healthcare. Individuals without a citizenship are denied government
welfare benefits’ access and are marginalized.
There are numerous gaps in Nepal’s healthcare pyramid; the primary health provision in
Nepal does not appreciate the values of the villagers as well as their perceived needs. While
primary health mainly aims at health promotion, a majority of the villagers prefer modern
curative services and disregard novel health knowledge. Local practices are also not considered
when providing healthcare (Karkee & Kadariya, 2013).
Currently, some measures are being taken in narrowing these gaps; nongovernmental and
governmental organizations are implementing communication programs aimed at encouraging
people to participate in healthy behaviors including contraceptive use, family planning, safe
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motherhood practices, spousal communication, immediate breastfeeding practices, and using
skilled birth attendants (Karkee & Kadariya, 2013).
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Karkee, R., & Kadariya, J. (2013). Choice of health-care facility after introduction of free
essential health services in Nepal. WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health, 2(2),