Nepal earthquake response
On 25 April a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,000 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. But we urgently need your help to provide clean water, food and psychological support.
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Overview of the situation
Nepal experienced two major earthquakes on April 25 and May 12, leaving over 8,000 people dead and nearly 17,000 injured. Three months after the first of the devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of survivors continue to require and rely on urgent humanitarian assistance.
The situation continues to be particularly critical in rural, hard-to-reach areas. As the monsoon rains have started in Nepal, tens of thousands of people face the risk of landslides. With winter fast approaching, Action Against Hunger is committed to help families rebuild their lives.
Action Against Hunger's response
Our teams already present in Nepal immediately mobilised to launch an emergency response and additional colleagues from our emergency response team have 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.
Our teams continue to support families by rehabilitating water networks, providing psychological support and treating malnourished children. An estimated 140,000 people were affected by the earthquake in the area and 80 to 90 per cent of homes were destroyed.
Nepal has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. 'Children in Nepal need urgent help,' said our director of operations, Saul Guerrero. 'It is vital that children and their families continue to receive nutritional assistance, water and sanitation. Psychological support for survivors is also paramount to help them cope with the trauma caused by the earthquake.’
We are working around the clock and are committed to help 100,000 survivors in Kathmandu City and the districts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Lalitput, Bathapur and Sindhupalchok.
Last updated: 20 July 2015
Malnutrition in Nepal
As the country is struggling to overcome a decade of unstable governments and armed conflicts, malnutrition rates in Nepal are among the highest in the world. Most of the population depends on agriculture and the UN estimates that about 40 per cent of Nepalis live in poverty.
The country’s humanitarian challenges stem from several factors, including routine inflation, rising food prices, and recurring climate shocks, such as droughts, floods and landslides. Geographic constraints, poor governance and weak public health systems also contribute to the persistence of Nepal’s high rates of malnutrition.
Addressing malnutrition: what we are doing
Our focus in Nepal is to provide 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 its health services. This means children can receive the care they so urgently require within their community before their condition becomes critical. We are scaling up our efforts to help meet the country’s significant nutritional needs.