IPPF on the ground in Nepal: an update

people at medical camp in Nepal

IPPF is in Nepal assessing humanitarian needs and setting up mobile camps following the devastating earthquake. Many of the Family Planning Association of Nepal’s (FPAN) facilities are damaged and their staff and volunteers are affected too, despite this they have been mobilizing doctors and nurses to reach people in the camps.  It is estimated that 2.8 million Nepali people are displaced.  Moreover, aftershocks are continuing.

Aditi Ghosh, Emergency Response Manager (for Africa, East and South East Asia and Oceania and South Asia Regions) SPRINT Project reports:

“Yesterday, IPPF team did a rapid assessment of the situation in Bhakatapur, Lalitpur and Kavre districts.Many of the Family Planning Association of Nepal’s facilities are damaged and their staff and volunteers are affected too.  So it’s a challenging situation. Still, FPAN mobilized three doctors, three nurses and counselors and with their help are setting up mobile camps in Kavre and Lalitpur districts today. IPPF’s staff member Badri Guragain is busy procuring medicines for the mobile camp.

IPPF-SPRINT (IPPF’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme for Crisis Situations), the South Asia Regional Office and FPAN are participating in coordinating emergency relief efforts. We are a part of the health clusters - groups of agencies and organizations working together - led by World Health Organization and a Reproductive Health Sub-Cluster, led by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund).

Thirty nine districts are badly affected.  On 29 April, at 11:00 am, the Ministry of Home Affairs reported 5,006 deaths and 10,194 injured people. It is estimated that 2.8 million Nepali people are displaced. The Government of Nepal identified shelter, water and hygiene facilities, health and food as key priorities.

Gorkha, Dhading, Raswa,Sindupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolkha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktpur, Ramechhap are the priority 11 districts for health intervention where medical tents with 50 bed capacity, essential medicine, and services in camps are urgently needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  is appealing  for $415 million to reach over 8 million people with life-saving aid in the next three months, out of this $75 million will be spent on the Health Sector.”