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Nepal earthquake: 6 months update

Six months ago, on April 25 at 11:56 am local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. International Medical Corps was mobilizing their emergency response by nightfall that same day.

Eight million people were affected by the earthquake, including millions who were displaced from their homes. More than 8,800 people were killed in the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, and another 22,300 people were injured. There was, and still is, widespread damage and destruction of buildings, health facilities, roads and other public infrastructure.

Thanks to donors like Earth Council Geneva has it been possible for International Medical Corps’ response and recovery efforts to save lives immediately. We have been helping communities recover and start to rebuild and return to self-reliance through International Medical Corps’ education and training programs.

International Medical Corps’ continued efforts and support on the ground include rehabilitation services, water and sanitation programs, malnutrition prevention and treatment, mental health services and women’s reproductive health services.

In the first six months of recovery efforts, International Medical Corps’ programs have benefitted more than 213,000 people. Here’s who we’ve been able to help through our donation to International Medical Corps’ response.

  • 8,806 people given access to ongoing care through three mobile physical therapy units
  • 157,552 people with greater access to primary health care through 13 rebuilt health posts
  • 19,950 people benefitting from 798 emergency latrines
  • 106 local health workers trained on proper infant and young child feeding practices
  • 567 people trained on psychological first aid

International Medical Corps’ work on the ground continues, helping thousands of people who are still in need. The impact we’re having has saved lives and helped the people of Nepal recover from this devastating disaster.