Nepal earthquake 2015 - Grade 3 emergency

Patients stand in line for a temporary clinic in an outlying district of Kathmandu, Nepal

One year on, the healing continues in Nepal

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.

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Since the earthquake, Nikesh Pahari (right) has been living in a tent with his parents and neighbours, Nepal

Making a Difference: Nepal Earthquake 2015

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.

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

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

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.

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WHO field workers talking to villagers, Nepal.

Nepal ramps up disease surveillance after earthquakes

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.

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WHO is deeply concerned by the scale of this disaster and its consequence for the health of millions of people. A key aim of the UN Nepal Earthquake Appeal is to prevent outbreaks of communicable diseases and provide immediate access to health services. The Health Cluster, including WHO, is looking for initial funding of US$ 42 million to address the health needs of 4.2 million people.

If you would like to support WHO’s urgent humanitarian health response to the earthquake in Nepal, please contact Mr Faisal Yousaf ( for more information.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies. The ERF requires WHO to act with urgency and predictability to best serve and be accountable to populations affected by emergencies.

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What exactly does an 'Emergency Health Kit' contain?