Nepal earthquake response
On 25 April a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring many more. Just two weeks later, on 12 May, a second earthquake hit the country, destroying more homes and causing further physical and emotional trauma for children and their families. Our teams, who were already present in Nepal to address deadly child malnutrition, immediately launched an emergency response to help families rebuild their lives.
Overview of the situation
Today, more than 530,000 people in the 11 districts affected by the earthquakes still do not know where their next meal will come from. Whilst many families have returned to their villages, nearly 60,000 people are still living under tarpaulins and in makeshift tents in 120 displacement sites across 13 districts. Most of these tents are not suitable for the cold winter months ahead. In addition, the country has been hit with fuel shortages which have put a stranglehold on its economy and are hampering aid efforts in the crucial time before the winter sets in. With transportation almost shut down, hospitals are running out of supplies, social services are curtailed and families are unable to return home before their towns will be cut off by snow.
With winter fast approaching, Action Against Hunger is committed to help families rebuild their lives.
What we're doing
Our teams already present in Nepal immediately mobilised to launch an emergency response and additional colleagues from our emergency response team quickly reinforced our teams on the ground. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, we released eleven tons of relief supplies - including water, sanitation and hygiene materials such as a water purification unit and water treatment kits, chlorine tablets, pumps, bladders, taps and construction materials for toilets - with supplies dispatched to the hard-hit regions Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok.
We continue to support families by rehabilitating water networks, providing psychological support and treating malnourished children. So far:
Food, Security & Livelihoods*
- 1,942 shelter and 2,165 kitchen kits have been distributed
- 527 households received seed bags
- 2,400 households received cash support in exchange for taking part in our programme to remove debris
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene*
- 41,625 people received water, sanitation and hygiene support
Mental Health and Care Practices*
- 5,798 people received psycho-social support
- 1,028 people received psycho-social training (health staff, teachers and aid workers)
- 17,060 mums received counselling
- 35,932 children were screened for malnutrition
- 219 malnourished children have been admitted to our outpatient treatment programmes
- 7,316 children aged 24-59 months received high-calorie, vitamin fortified food supplements
Thousands of people living in quake-hit mountain villages and displacement camps will require urgent help as winter approaches. We continue to scale up our programmes to help people cope with the winter months. We are committed to help 100,000 survivors in Kathmandu City and the districts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Lalitput, Bathapur and Sindhupalchok.
We also continue providing malnourished children with urgent treatment and follow-up care, and to work with the Nepalese health authorities to integrate the Community-based Treatment of Malnutrition approach into health services. This means children can receive the care they so urgently require within their community before their condition becomes critical.
Action Against Hunger in Nepal
Action Against Hunger launched programmes in Nepal in 2005, focusing on treating life-threatening malnutrition. Prior to the earthquake, we worked with the Nepalese health authorities in the Saptari district in Eastern Terai to integrate the community-based Treatment of Malnutrition approach into health services. Since 2014, these programmes have been combined with psycho-social support activities to study their impact on child development. We've also launched programmes in Makwanpur to build capacity to prevent and treat malnutrition. Since the devastating earthquakes, we've been implementing programmes in nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, mental health and care practices, and food security in Kathmandu City and the districts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Lalitput, Bathapur and Sindhupalchok.
Last updated: 20 October 2015