main health problems are malnutrition, diarrhea, pneumonia,
and poor hygiene. Ninety out of one thousand children in Tibetan
communities die of preventable problems like diarrhea and
vitamin deficiency. Many children have stunting which is short
stature due to poor nutrition and vitamin deficiency. Between
1993 and 1996 a team of American, Tibetan, and Chinese health
professionals conducted a baseline nutritional and epidemiological
research on 2,500 children
throughout Tibet. The results, published in International
Child Health, confirmed that 52% of the Tibetan children suffer
from severe stunting, 40% showed signs of protein malnutrition,
and 67% had rickets (Vitamin D deficiency). Statistics from
16 counties across Tibet showed that 41% of deaths among infants
and children were caused by pneumonia and 20% by diarrhea.
In 1998, according to Doctors Without Borders, 600,000 Tibetans
were infected with parasites and 300,000 Tibetans had cataracts
in central Tibet alone.Public transportation does not exist
in many parts of Tibet. People often have to travel several
days by foot or horse to find the nearest health care clinic.
Many Tibetans die while on their journey to medical clinics.