Uptake of Health Services by People from the Dalit Community

Authors

  • Raksha Thapa Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth
  • E. van Teijlingen
  • P. Regmi Department of Nursing and Clinical Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth
  • V. Heaslip Department of Nursing and Clinical Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jbpkihs.v1i2.22072

Keywords:

Health Services, Dalit Community

Abstract

Studies and reports on uptake of health services in Nepal and other low-income countries often focus on limitations due to physical factors, such as travel distance to health facility, or lack of medical facilities or electricity at the health care centre or focus on resources, such as lack of service providers, or lack of appropriately trained staff.

In this editorial article, we highlight the importance of discrimination as a reason for people not seeking available health care. Discrimination is particularly a barrier to service usage among the most deprived people in society, such as the Dalit community in Nepal and South Asia more generally. We discuss the caste-based discrimination in Nepal and its effects on health outcomes of those groups who experience such discrimination.

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Author Biographies

E. van Teijlingen

Nobel College, Kathmandu; Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu; 4Department of Nursing and Clinical Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth

V. Heaslip, Department of Nursing and Clinical Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth

Department of Social Studies, University Stavanger, Norway

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Published

2018-12-20

How to Cite

Thapa, R., van Teijlingen, E., Regmi, P., & Heaslip, V. (2018). Uptake of Health Services by People from the Dalit Community. Journal of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, 1(2), 1–6. https://doi.org/10.3126/jbpkihs.v1i2.22072

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Editorial