COVID-19 And Nepal: A Gender Perspective

  • Samata Nepal Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital
  • Shreyashi Aryal Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital
Keywords: Covid-19, pandemic, Nepal, Gender inequality


The ongoing Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic is in its height, the measures taken to control the spread of this pandemic is acute and harsh. With the increasing new cases every hour it has caused a panic among every individual. Economy of the countries are equally affected. However, the direct and indirect impact
of this pandemic on gender related needs are least prioritized and discussed. Evidences so far reveal the mortality being proportionately higher in males.This fact may not remain the same in Nepalese context because
women are more vulnerable in this low-income country where limited resources are allotted to women’s health. Majority of the workforce at frontline health care are women in the form of nurses, midwives and female community health volunteers (FCHV). Government of Nepal has decided to mobilize FCHVs for COVID-19 response in the community and these FCHVs who provide services at ground levels are at occupational risk of acquiring the infection.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

Samata Nepal, Lumbini Medical College Teaching Hospital


Department of Community Medicine.

Shreyashi Aryal, Lumbini Medical College and Teaching Hospital

Assistant Professor,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Gausman J, Langer A. Sex and Gender Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020;29(4):465-6. PMID: 32320331 DOI:

The Lancet. The gendered dimensions of COVID-19. Lancet. 2020;395(10231):1168. PMID: 32278370 PMCID: PMC7146664 DOI:

Boniol M, McIsaac M, Xu L, Wuliji T, Diallo K, Campbell J. Gender equity in the health workforce: analysis of 104 countries. World Health Organization; 2019.

Center for Reproductive Rights. Briefing Paper: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls Affected by Conflict. 2017.

Allen-Ebrahimian B. China’s Domestic Violence Epidemic. Axios. 7 Mar 2020.

Davies SE, Bennett B. A gendered human rights analysis of Ebola and Zika: locating gender in global health emergencies. International Affairs. 2016;92(5):1041-60. DOI:

How to Cite
Nepal S, Aryal S. COVID-19 And Nepal: A Gender Perspective. J Lumbini Med Coll [Internet]. 26May2020 [cited 9Jul.2020];8(1):2 pages. Available from: