Evidence and Action for Reducing Sex-Selective Abortion in Nepal

Melanie Channon, Mahesh Puri, Stuart Gietel-Basten

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Sex-selective abortion in Nepal is highly prevalent in some regions, with as many as 1 in 10 girl births "missing" in the last 5 years in some districts. It is very likely that the use of sex-selective abortion will continue to spread without intervention.
Evidence that sex-selective abortions are occurring in Nepal has only recently become available. However, evidence on the issue is scant and the issue has received little attention so far.
Within this brief we provide the first estimates on the true extent and geographical spread of sex-selective abortion using the 2011 population census. We then outline the main findings from a qualitative study of key informants within the Kathmandu Valley alongside a range of possible interventions derived from these interviews.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Publication series

NameReproductive Health Research Policy Brief


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