Nepal has made impressive progress in health outcomes relative to its income level.
Life expectancy has been steadily increasing and Nepal’s progress in reducing maternal and child deaths has been lauded internationally, even though the maternal mortality remains the highest in the South-East Asia Region. There are notable achievements in reducing prevalence of HIV and TB and Nepal is on track to be malaria-free by 2025.
In June 2018, retail prices of most food commodities monitored in 15 markets across Nepal were relatively stable (or had only marginally increased) due to sufficient availability from domestic production and imports.
The overall inflation rate in May 2018 was 4.1 percent. The food and beverage group was stable at 3.2 percent, although several food sub-groups were relatively higher: vegetables (13.4 percent), fruits (11.4 percent) and milk and milk products (7.6 percent).