Emergency Response in Nepal
On Saturday 25 April 2015, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring many more. Today, families continue to rebuild their lives. Action Against Hunger is in Nepal for the long term to treat malnourished children and prevent them from falling ill in the first place, as well as improving families’ access to food and clean water.
We are providing malnourished children with urgent treatment and follow-up care, and work with the Nepalese health authorities to bring nutrition treatment to communities.
We also continue to help improve access to food, as many families lost their harvests and animals and have not been able to replant their fields, as well as providing psychosocial support and training.
In 2015, we helped 97,853 people in Nepal.
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.