Earthquake Relief

In April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake of 7.8 Richter scale struck Nepal, placing an unprecedented burden on the nation’s already tenuous health infrastructure. Referred to as the Mahabhukampa – the great earthquake – this natural calamity has resulted in nearly 9000 deaths, over 23,000 casualties, and the internal displacement of about 1/3rd of the country’s population. In the immediate post-earthquake period, Aasha for Nepal engaged in extensive planning and coordination in collaboration with Dartmouth for Nepal (a joint initiative for earthquake relief among students of Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, and Geisel School of Medicine) and Aasha’s partners in Nepal, who were vital in providing  daily updates on the constantly changing needs landscape of a post-disaster Nepal. Within 2 weeks of the earthquake, our team members from US and Nepal were on the ground adopting a three-pronged approach to deliver essentials in terms of healthcare and basic supplies to earthquake-afflicted communities.