Year: 2009 Source: Kathmandu, Nepal: Family Health Division, Department of Health Services, (2009). 31p. SIEC No: 20100550

This study examined all deaths of Nepalese women of reproductive age, April 2008-April 2009. Verbal autopsies were carried out to determine the cause of death & contributory factors. During the study period, suicide was the leading cause of death (16 percent), a steep increase from 1998 when suicide was ranked third. Analysis of verbal autopsy data indicated mental health problems, relationships, marriage & family issues were key contributory factors. It was also noteworthy that 21 percent of the suicide victims were 18 years & younger indicating a need for targeted interventions for youth.