5 Ways UNICEF Is Responding to the Earthquakes in Nepal

May 4, 2015

UNICEF is working to reach 1.7 million children in the worst-affected areas with water, health care, nutrition and protection.

 

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1. Distributing relief supplies to the Kathmandu Valley and remote areas.

During the first few days after the initial earthquake, UNICEF delivered 80 metric tons of humanitarian supplies, including tents, plastic sheeting, blankets, nutrition supplies, vaccinations and other lifesaving medicines. Reaching every child and family in need, in remote villages like Chanku, Marbu, Khopacha and Chilinka, remains the priority.

2. Providing safe drinking water to families in informal camps.

UNICEF is delivering clean water by truck to displaced families in 16 informal camps in the Kathmandu Valley. As of April 30, UNICEF had provided access to safe water to more than 11,500 people in the Kavrepalanchok and Kathmandu districts, and reached more than 75,000 people with hygiene education and kits in seven of the most affected districts.​

3. Setting up tent hospitals.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed since the massive earthquake on April 25, forcing doctors, nurses and volunteers to treat patients out in the street. UNICEF has set up tents to serve as temporary hospitals, protecting against the rainfall and providing a place to store medicines and other emergency relief supplies.

 

4. Providing safe spaces for kids to play, learn and recover.

UNICEF has set up ten child-friendly spaces in informal camps, helping children recover from trauma with psychological support and offering a safe space for learning and playing. Watch this CNN report to learn more.

Above, Sarita, 13, stands in a child-friendly space in Tundikhel, a large grass-covered area and important landmark in Kathmandu. “When the earthquake started, I was really scared, and everybody was running around and shouting,” she recalled.

“My father had gone grocery shopping, and when my mother and I tried to call him, we could not reach him. We managed to contact my father three hours after the earthquake. Then we thanked God.”

5. Vaccinating more than 500,000 children against measles.

With so many children living closely in "tent cities," the potential for measles outbreaks is very real. UNICEF is working with WHO and the Nepalese government to immunize more than half a million children through emergency vaccination campaigns in the Kathmandu Valley and beyond.

Says UNICEF's Representative in Nepal, Tomoo Hozumi, "We have been working for decades to eliminate measles in Nepal. Unless we act now, there is a real risk of it re-emerging as a major threat for children."

Neisha Shakya, 4, receives a measles and rubella vaccination. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1107/Panday

Above, Neisha Shakya, 4, receives a measles and rubella vaccination. Her mother, right, brought her to the health post from their temporary shelter. “We are afraid of disease after the earthquake, and that is why I brought Neisha here.” The family is sheltering on a chicken farm in Bungamati, Kathmandu Valley, with six other families. See more from UNICEF Nepal.

 

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