Sean supports our emergency relief effort in Nepal
International Medical Corps’ earthquake response in Nepal has come to a close. International Medical Corps’ services reached some 765,000 people in its work supporting both the relief and recovery of earthquake-affected populations.
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International Medical Corps’ Emergency Earthquake Response in Nepal
“I arrived on the afternoon of April 24, with my friend Claire. The next day, while we were exploring the ancient capital of Bakhtapur along with a Nepalese friend, Ajay, the largest earthquake in more than 80 years hit Nepal. We were almost crushed by a falling building and spent the rest of that day sprinting through Bakhtapur’s narrow streets, running from square to square through the destroyed 800-year-old city, to escape the recurring terror of the aftershocks. We walked for several hours and eventually made our way back to our hotel, which had partially collapsed, and set up camp,” recalls Sean, our Emergency Response Coordinator, who happened to be vacationing in Nepal.
Sean is referring to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25, 2015. Over 350 4.0 magnitude or greater aftershocks hit in the months that followed, including a 7.3 magnitude quake and 6.3 magnitude quake on May 12, 2015. Some eight million people were affected – about the populations of Boston, Chicago, Paris and Dubai combined.
Sean continues, “That same evening, we started mobilizing International Medical Corps’ response. We were joined by a handful of strangers-cum-friends who shared our campsite and who wanted to help. Over the days that followed, more staff and volunteers arrived, and our response scaled up; we chartered helicopters to reach the most remote villages, and we worked to bring safe water and sanitation facilities to displaced persons living in camps in Kathmandu and in destroyed villages around the epicenter.”
Since the start of our response, we have partnered with local actors to address needs in more than 140 villages and municipalities across 12 districts to build back stronger. During the two years which followed, together we supported more than 115,000 people with access to physical therapy care, reached some 17,000 men, women, and children with hygiene promotion activities to prevent disease, established 7 stabilization centers to support more than 210,000 children with nutrition and medical care, provided mental health and psychosocial support services for some 3,000 people, educated 8,700 community members on sexual and reproductive health, and more.
With your generous and timely support and support from other donors, between April 2015 and May 2017, we reached some 765,000 people men, women, and children with relief and recovery services following the quake in Nepal. We thank you for your continued support as we work to assist those in urgent need anywhere, anytime, no matter what the conditions.
Reconstruction at Dharmasthali Health Post
Physical therapy services (taken by Omar Havana)