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Two powerful earthquakes hit Nepal on 25 April and 12 May 2015. They killed approximately 8,500 people, and injured another 20,000. 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.

Country Facts

  • Total population: 31.5 million
  • Rank in the Human Development Index: 145 of 188

MAGNA Intervention

MAGNA concluded all its activities to support those affected by the earthquake in Nepal in 2016.

  • Opening of Nepal mission: 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 following every subsequent day and night. These unpredictable quakes were a disconcerting experience for everyone, especially for children.

Why we are in Nepal

  • Natural disaster
  • Displaced people
  • Access to health care

Our Nepal intervention

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 its houses.

Overall, we provided emergency medical care, psychosocial care, and distribution of non-food aid to 19,669 persons from three villages affected by the earthquake.

  • In Sindhupalchock, we delivered more than 30 metric tons of medical supplies and medicines for three hospitals.
  • We provided psychosocial counselling to approximately 5,000 households, i.e. 28,000 people.
  • We also provided psychological first aid during group discussions, treating a total of 15,353 people.
  • After the earthquake, we set up 27 children's centres, where 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 sharing information on how to use them.
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