Two powerful earthquakes hit Nepal on 25 April and 12 May 2015. They killed approximately 8 500 people and another 20 000 were injured. The areas most affected were Gorkha, Lamjung and Sindupalchok, as well as the heavily populated Kathmandu Valley. After the incident, MAGNA sent a team to Nepal to provide emergency medical and psychosocial assistance.
- Total population: 31.5 million
- Rank in the Human Development Index: 67 of 188
MAGNA concluded all its activities in Nepal in 2016.
- Opening of mission in Nepal: Immediately after the 2015 earthquake
- Area of intervention: Sindupalchok
- Number of staff in the field: 145
Overview of the Nepal Crisis
Nepal is among the world's poorest and least developed countries, with nearly a quarter of its population living below the poverty line.
The earthquakes in Nepal were accompanied by other tremors that came every subsequent day and night. These unpredictable quakes were a scary experience for all, especially for children.
How did MAGNA help in Nepal?
In January 2016, we completed all our activities in Nepal aimed at helping the communities affected by the earthquake.
MAGNA provided semi-static clinics that operated in municipalities in the Sindhupalchok district. We distributed medicines and medical and sanitary supplies and provided psychological assistance to victims of devastating earthquakes. Sindhupalchok was one of the most affected districts; the earthquake destroyed 95% of the houses.
Overall, we provided emergency medical care, psychosocial care and the distribution of non-food aid to 19,669 persons from three villages affected by the earthquake.
- In Sindhupalchock, we have provided more than 30 metric tons of medical supplies and medicines to three hospitals.
- We provided psychosocial counseling to approximately 5,000 households, ie 28,000 people.
- We also provided psychological first aid during group discussions. We treated a total of 15 353 people.
- After the earthquake, we set up 27 children's centers in which the youngest victims of the disaster found safety and psychosocial support.
- We distributed non-food aid and hygiene packages for families. At the same time, wepassed on information on how to use them.