Nepal

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In May 2015, two earthquakes struck Nepal killing 8,000 people and damaging 80% of health facilities.

They were the most devastating earthquakes for nearly a century.

Almost 70% of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed, including nearly 80% of all of the health facilities. In response to the deadly earthquakes, our team set up clinics near the villages of Golche and Sunkhani in the Sindhupalchok district – a remote region that was one of the hardest hit in the quakes. In the chaotic aftermath, Doctors of the World medical teams evaluated 2,000 people and provided basic healthcare to thousands in the area.

8,000

People killed

80%

Of health facilities destroyed

500,000

Displaced

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In addition, our assessment teams worked in 6 other remote villages across Sindhupalchok (Tangpatango, Bolde, Gumbatang, Lidi, Sunchagan, and Pongapur) to determine the communities’ needs. Many of these villages were completely cut off from the main emergency response efforts as a result of impassable roads, landslides and collapsed bridges. After the earthquakes, the following monsoon season brought with it an increased risk of infection and contagious disease due to poor sanitary conditions and lack of clean water supplies. To help reduce this risk, we worked in partnership with aid organization Solidarités International to equip families with in-home chlorination kits, hygiene kits, and latrine kits, and to provide training on their proper assembly and use.

Not only were we working on the ground to rebuild Nepal’s health infrastructure, but we began campaigning online at home in the US to raise funds for the survivors of the earthquakes.

Our campaign #AllForNepal, narrated by Serap – a Nepali Sherpa, highlighted how the Sherpa people of Nepal have guided, protected and saved people from all over the world on the peaks of the Himalayas. In return, we asked our community to help the people of Nepal when they needed it the most.

 

Before our emergency response work, Doctors of the World had been on the ground in Nepal since 2007, focusing on increasing access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for Nepali women. Our teams aimed to ensure quality health services were available at a community level and to reduce factors contributing to maternal and neonatal mortality. We also provided educational workshops on the prevention and management of pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care.

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