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Nepal, the poorest country in Asia, is highly vulnerable to earthquakes.
The earthquake which hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 killed more than 8,000 people and injured 22,000. Nepal, a country which is highly exposed to the risk of seismic activity, in particular in the valley of Kathmandu, prepares itself for these disasters.
Over 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. The livelihoods of three-quarters of the population depend on agriculture. Its economic development was hindered by the conflict between the government authorities and Maoist insurgents (1996-2006), who are today integrated into the democratic process. This conflict left 12,000 dead and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. It also left many veterans of the war with disabilities. Today the country is working towards democracy and is in a period of relative stability.
In Nepal, disability is primarily considered a social issue. It is rarely addressed as a public health issue or taken into account in education, health and economic development. An estimated 78% of people with disabilities are not in education (Barriga, 2011) and only 1% of the population with disabilities in Nepal has access to employment.
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