ABOUT THE SITE
Bhaktaphur is a relatively small district with a 2001 population of 225,000 located approximately 25km from Kathmandu. Approximately 53% of this population was considered urban in 2001. Overall, 83% of the population had access to toilets and 80% had access to safe drinking water in 2001. In 2004, there were 8,000 expected pregnancies/year in Bhaktaphur district with nearly 1,200 deliveries/year at the district hospital alone. The prevalence of childhood stunting by age 5 in the district in 2004 was estimated at 44% with two of the top five causes of childhood illness being diarrhea and intestinal worms. The Institute of Medicine and University of Bergen maintain an active study site at Siddhi Memorial Hospital in Bhaktaphur and have trained and employed a network of community field workers. Prior studies on nutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory illness have been completed in Bhaktaphur by the Institute of Medicine and University of Bergen.
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