Nepal earthquake 2015 - Grade 3 emergency
On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing 8700 people and injuring 22 000. A second earthquake hit the country on 12 May, causing around 2 500 additional injuries and 200 deaths.
One year later, the people of Nepal continue to heal from the worst natural disaster to hit the country in more than 80 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) is proud to work alongside the Nepalese Ministry of Health in supporting the brave and dedicated local health workers who continue to deliver care to those affected by the earthquake and its aftershocks.
On 25 April 2015, an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck Nepal. As of 8 May 2015, 7885 people have been killed and 17 803 injured. An estimated 2.8 million are displaced. Of the country’s 75 districts, 35 have been affected, 14 of them severely. WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health and Population in coordinating medical relief to the most-affected and even the remotest areas; coordinating with foreign medical teams to set up field hospitals owing to destroyed health facilities; supporting water and sanitation intervention; and health messaging on critical interventions and issues along with the government and partners.
22 May 2015 -- Dr Ritesh Thapaliya, a District Health Office medical officer who helped deliver a newborn in an open field in the midnight hours following the first quake, says that Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Illness Training provided by WHO has given him the knowledge and confidence to provide ongoing care for his district’s new arrivals and their mothers.
15 May 2015 -- As the rainy season draws to a close in Nepal, the realignment of pre-existing WHO and Ministry of Health and Population health surveillance and reporting mechanisms provides the best opportunity to guard against possible disease outbreaks. At the same time local communities are empowered and Nepal’s health system made more resilient.
- mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG)
Water, sanitation and hygiene
Four steps for the sound management of health-care waste in emergencies
Mass fatalities/dead bodies
Mass casualty management
- Emergency surgical care in disaster situations
Communicable disease control in complex emergencies
- Cholera Fact Sheet 107