Nepal: Two-Month Report

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Handicap International’s Nepal team includes more than 100 Nepalese staff, and 19 expatriates. We are continuing to expand our teams in Nepal. Our development activities are gradually resuming, and some members of our emergency teams are returning to these activities. The number of people on our emergency teams remains the same, while the overall number of HI staff members in Nepal is rising.

Our physical therapy teams continue to support hospitals:

  • Kathmandu: 3 hospitals (our work in one hospital is now complete),
  • district of Nuwakot, in Bidur/Trisuli,
  • district of Sindhupalchok, in Chautara.

Our teams are also present in field rehabilitation facilities in Kathmandu Valley. To meet the rehabilitation and psychosocial support needs of the injured:

  • We provide rehabilitation care, distribute crutches, wheelchairs and other mobility aids, and train caregivers.
  • We also supply psychological first aid, organize group therapy sessions (to reduce the stress and anxiety of people with injuries/disabled people), and provide social support to ensure injured people know where to access the care they will need over the coming weeks/months and to make it easier to return to their communities. They will receive a kit of essential household items (hygiene kit, blankets, kitchen kit, etc.)

Teams have distributed more than 1,000 kits containing essential non-food items since the beginning of our operations. These kits include tents, cooking kits, hygiene kits and blankets. During the week of June 1, teams distributed an additional 320 kits in the district of Rasuwa. A total of 900 additional kits need to be distributed in the district of Nuwakot.

The monsoon season has now begun and it will soon be impossible to access certain areas. We have therefore made contact with “focal points” to keep us informed on conditions in communities no longer accessible to humanitarian operators on a regular basis. 

Since May 12, Handicap International has managed one of two humanitarian aid storage centers in Kathmandu (in Banepa, with a surface area of 1,200 sq.m.), in partnership with the World Food Program. A storage area has also been set up in the district of Nuwakot, in Bidur (400 sq.m.), and another will be created in Rasuwa district, in Dhunche (280 sq.m.). Handicap International has also begun transporting humanitarian aid stored in Nuwakot (Bidur) by trucks to various distribution points in villages and communities. These storage and transport operations facilitate the work of all humanitarian operators. 

Handicap International’s Inclusion Technical Unit works with all humanitarian operators to address the inclusion of vulnerable people. As a member of coordination forums and working groups, Handicap International is helping to improve the inclusion practices of humanitarian operators in order to enhance access to services by vulnerable people.

Rehabilitation project statistical data

as of June 9, 2015

Number of beneficiaries of rehabilitation activities 

1,161

Rehabilitation sessions organized 

4,064

Mobility aids distributed to injured people 

309 (excluding block grants to hospitals)

Physiotherapists working on our teams 

24


Age and gender of beneficiaries

Women

48%

Men

52%

 

80+ 

46

60-79 

177

40-59 

282

26-39 

257

18-25 

174

6-17 

172

1-5 

22

>1

31

Main types of injuries

This data refers to our rehabilitation project beneficiaries. These figures are therefore not representative of all injuries caused by the earthquake.

Fractures

71%

Spinal injuries

7%

Head injuries

6%

Lesions

4%

Amputations

4%

Other

8%

 



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