Image credit: Daniel Burgui for Action Against Hunger
Nepal: Easing the mental trauma
Nearly two months after a devastating earthquake struck Nepal communities, hospital and staff are receiving Action Against Hunger-provided psychological support and training
Jun 17 2015
When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, more than 8,000 people were killed and thousands more injured. Homes were destroyed and livelihoods ground to a halt as families took in the extent of the devastation.
When disasters like these happen, they leave mental as well as physical scars. That’s why we’re training health staff dealing with the earthquake-affected in psychological and social care, so that they can deal with their own trauma and help other families cope better with the disaster’s impact. We’re also providing psychological support directly to children and families, setting up quiet places for mothers and young children to facilitate breastfeeding and rest, and providing children with a safe space to play.