PHOTOS FROM THE EXHIBITION
Hiti is the traditional water supply system in the Kathmandu valley with an attached tap (mostly carved from stone) channeling water from underground sources or other water reservoirs to public spaces, often built under street level, where people come to collect water. The system is at least 1500 years old but are still in use today providing daily water supply to a substantial part of the population, particularly the urban poor.
A study published by the Oxford Clinical Research Unit Nepal in 2008 mentioned that Kathmandu was considered the enteric fever capital of the world. By the time I arrived in Kathmandu in October 2014, I am told the number of infected cases have decreased significantly this year.
It is worth mentioning that precisely because of Dr. Abhilasha's studies on the presence of Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi A in water sources around Patan, including those collected from the hiti that sparked this project.