Humanitarian Health Action

Nepal news releases and feature stories

2015

  • 3 June 2015

    One month on, Sindhupalchok’s district-level field hospital adapts to a changed scenario

    For a month now, a Norwegian Red Cross field hospital has provided critical medical care for the residents of Sindhupalchok, a mountainous district northeast of Kathmandu that was significantly affected by the devastating earthquakes that rumbled across Nepal on 25 April and 12 May. Though the district’s premier health facility in Chautara was rendered unserviceable by the first quake, local medical staff provided emergency care under tarpaulins for days on end in the dusty field where the camp now stands. Babies were delivered, bones were plastered, and emergency, life-saving health care provided.

  • 1 June 2015

    Medical Camp Kits replace primary health care facilities before onset of Nepal’s monsoon

    The race to restore primary health care services disrupted by Nepal’s 25 April and 12 May earthquakes is on with the deployment of 50 Medical Camp Kits (MCKs) throughout the country’s 14 most-affected districts.

  • 26 May 2015

    Nepal’s TB patients continue to seek care amid trying post-quake circumstances

    The challenges Nepal’s recent earthquakes pose for Tuberculosis (TB) care and control are significant. In Nepal, TB remains an ongoing public health burden, with health officials keen to ensure that advances in recent years are not threatened.

  • 20 May 2015

    Access to maternal and child health care in Nepal brings joy amid destruction

    In the maternity tent of a makeshift hospital in Nepal’s quake-ravaged Sindhupalchok District, Sunita Tamang and Milan Lama dote over their 3-day-old son. The baby boy, who was born just days after a second earthquake compounded Nepal’s 25 April disaster, remains unnamed, as is customary for newborns in Nepali culture. Still, according to his parents, the boy’s defining features are clear: he is healthy and strong.

  • 12 May 2015

    Nepal ramps up disease surveillance after earthquakes

    Every morning since the first of two recent earthquakes struck Nepal on 25 April, Dr Sharmila Shrestha and researcher Sanjita Thapa have made the hour-long journey from Kathmandu to Kavrepulanchok, a district east of Kathmandu valley, with one goal in mind – to protect people against disease outbreaks.

  • 13 May 2015

    Emergency preparedness pays off as Kathmandu hospitals respond to earthquakes says WHO South-East Asia Regional Director

    The earthquakes and the continuing aftershocks in Nepal highlight the importance of the efforts the Ministry of Health and Population and WHO have had in place for more than a decade to ensure key hospitals, health facilities and health workers would be ready and able to function well in an emergency or natural disaster.

  • 10 May 2015

    Continuing care for tuberculosis, diabetes and heart patients in earthquake hit Nepal

    Less than 24 hours after the earthquake shook Nepal, outpatient assistant Ganga KC assumed her regular post at Alka hospital’s tuberculosis (TB) treatment centre, south of Kathmandu.

  • 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.

  • 10 May 2015

    Continuing care for tuberculosis, diabetes and heart patients in earthquake hit Nepal

    Less than 24 hours after the earthquake shook Nepal, outpatient assistant Ganga KC assumed her regular post at Alka hospital’s tuberculosis (TB) treatment centre, south of Kathmandu. At 8 a.m. sharp on 26 April, Ganga opened the doors to the Lalitpur-based facility ready to receive patients. It was a new day, and despite Saturday’s disaster, she knew a lapse in TB care for her patients could result in their medicines becoming less effective.

  • 5 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.

  • 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.