Photo gallery: Mountain rescue
See how our team saved lives in the devastated town of Laprak
Devastated by huge earthquakes
Villages destroyed|2.8 m homeless|Clean water needed
The two earthquakes that hit Nepal in April 2015 have taken a terrible toll, killing more than 8,600 people and injuring more than 16,800. Some 8 million people were affected including 2.8 million who were displaced from their homes.
There is widespread damage and destruction of buildings, roads and other public infrastructure. Many of the more remote villages are totally cut of from medical help, except by helicopter. In Kathmandu Valley, hospitals are overcrowded, running out of room and also running short of emergency supplies.
International Medical Corps already had personnel on the ground when the first earthquake struck, and launched an immediate emergency response. Within 48 hours, we were deploying mobile medical units, made up of doctors, nurses and other experts to some of the hardest-hit locations in Gorkha and Dhading.
Latrines and sanitation, emergency medical care, food and shelter are the most urgent needs. Our emergency response teams include doctors, nurses, and surgeons, as well as specialists in water, sanitation and hygiene, mental health and psychosocial support and nutrition.
We are also working to increase the supply of vital medical and other relief supplies, including blankets, water purification supplies and even simple things like hand soap, which is critical to help prevent the spread of illness.
Clean water & sanitation: To combat the dangers of waterborne diseases, we are providing hygiene education and supplies and constructing temporary latrines and hand washing stations to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Mental health: We’re providing psychological first aid training to medical workers and teachers, to help survivors cope with trauma.
Primary health care: Our mobile medical units, made up of doctors, nurses and other experts are travelling each day to some of the hardest-hit locations around Nepal. These teams are often the very first assistance that people have received since the earthquake struck.
Surgery: Since the first week following the quake we have provided expert medical personnel including surgeons, helping manage the influx of patients in existing health facilities like the Patan Hospital in Kathmandu.
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