Humanitarian Health Action

Nepal news releases and feature stories

2015

  • 7 May 2015

    WHO committed to helping Nepal deliver health care to its citizens, says WHO South-East Asia Regional Director

    The World Health Organization is committed to supporting Nepal’s health system to deliver life-saving and essential services to its people and build back resilient health facilities that will be safe in emergencies, affirmed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for South-East Asia, today.

  • 3 May 2015

    WHO setting up Gorkha field office to extend health-care reach in Nepal

    In a major step to boost the health-care assistance to earthquake survivors who have been unreachable since last week’s disaster, the World Health Organization today announced the establishment of a new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal. The field office will be established in strategic coordination with the Nepalese government and other humanitarian partners, who are also establishing operational bases in the city. From there, WHO and the national authorities will be able to coordinate land and air support to rush medicines, health care professionals and other life-saving resources to some of the most remote regions impacted by the earthquake.

  • 2 May 2015

    WHO mobilizes funds for long-term spinal cord treatment after Nepal earthquake

    When Nepal’s devastating April 25 earthquake hit, Nanda Thami was safe. The forty-two-year-old resident of Phopa Chaku, a small village in Dolakha district east of Kathmandu, was in an open space, away from the mud-brick structures dotted throughout his village.

  • May 2015

    Mobile health clinics help tackle post-earthquake mental health problems in Nepal

    As Nepal struggles to deal with the physical aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on 25 April, the country also has to deal with a rise in mental health disorders triggered by the disaster. Mobile mental health clinics are treating patients in and around Kathmandu and will shortly extend help to more remote affected districts.

  • 1 May 2015

    WHO issues rapid health assessment on impact of Nepal earthquake

    A rapid assessment of health-care facilities by WHO and the Ministry of Health and Population in the earthquake-stricken areas has found that hospitals in 4 of the worst-affected districts are completely destroyed or too badly damaged to function. Five other major hospitals, providing important health care in the districts, were found to be functioning but urgently in need of further medical supplies.

  • 30 April 2015

    WHO, health partners striving to treat quake survivors in Nepal’s remote regions

    KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The World Health Organization has stepped-up efforts to deliver critical medical relief to populations outside of the Kathmandu valley affected by Saturday’s earthquake, with a major focus on reaching injured people and preventing disease outbreaks.

  • 30 April 2015

    WHO, health partners striving to treat quake survivors in Nepal’s remote regions

    KATHMANDU - WHO has stepped up efforts to deliver critical medical relief to populations outside of the Kathmandu valley affected by Saturday’s earthquake, with a major focus on reaching injured people and preventing disease outbreaks.

  • 29 April 2015

    WHO coordinating the health response to Nepal earthquake

    Amid ongoing search and rescue operations being carried out in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake, WHO has taken leadership in coordinating medical relief for affected communities. At present, 11 districts in Nepal have been deemed “severely affected” by the quake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, while many more districts have sustained significant loss of life and property, and face the challenges that these bring. The current death toll from the quake stands at just over 5000 and an estimated 8 million people have been affected in some way.

  • 27 April 2015

    WHO sending in more medical supplies and assisting the arrival of foreign medical team support for earthquake-ravaged Nepal

    NEW DELHI ¦ GENEVA - WHO is surging additional medical supplies and health workers into the earthquake-affected region to help the Government of Nepal provide rapid medical assistance to the thousands who have been injured in Saturday’s disaster.

  • 26 April 2015

    WHO gives emergency health kits, funds to quake-hit Nepal

    New Delhi -- The World Health Organization this morning handed over four emergency health kits comprising of medicines and medical supplies and US dollars 175 000 as the first tranche of emergency health funds to meet the immediate health needs of the earthquake affected people in Nepal.

2008

  • 10 November 2008

    Russian Federation donates 3 mobile tents to support health activities

    Moscow/Kathmandu/Geneva -- Flood-ravaged areas of Nepal needing emergency health facilities will receive three multi-purpose tents that can be used as mobile health facilities thanks to the Russian Federation and World Health Organization.

2007

  • 15 May 2007

    The Korean Foundation for International Healthcare for support of emergency work

    "The Korean Foundation for International Healthcare -- Dr Lee Jong-Wook Memorial Fund" (K-FIH) donated US$100 000 at the 60th World Health Assembly in Geneva, to the World Health Organization for support of emergency work in Nepal.

2006

  • 2 February 2006

    Interview with United Nations Resident Representative in Nepal, Matthew Kahane

    Matthew Kahane is the United Nations Resident Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. He spoke to IRIN about the hardship facing Nepali villagers and the measures being taken to prepare for a possible worsening of the humanitarian situation in the Himalayan kingdom.