Maternity patient form, Kunde, Nepal, 2005
Local Sherpa women living in the shadow of Mount Everest in the village of Kunde, Nepal, are encouraged to give birth in the Kunde Hospital. This form is used to record details about the delivery. Many local people prefer to stay away from hospitals as the beliefs of the Sherpa state that the spirit’s onward journey will be hindered unless they die at home. Although they are happy to mix modern medical treatments with more traditional Nepalese practises, such beliefs mean that many are reluctant to spend long periods of time in hospital. The hospital is funded by the Himalayan Trust, which was set up in 1960 by Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), who along with Tenzing Norgay was one of the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in May 1953.
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