Nepal earthquake 2015
Nepal earthquake - three months of inclusive response
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Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, CBM, with partner organisations, has reached more than 15,000 people in the worst-hit districts.
To ensure that everyone can access relief with equal ease, including the most at-risk groups such as persons with disabilities, we are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), and working in close cooperation with mainstream relief agencies through the coordination mechanisms set up in the country.
Our emergency team, based in Kathmandu, was functioning in the hours immediately after the earthquake and has a strategy in place to lead beyond the early recovery stage and rebuild a safer, more inclusive society.
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CBM and partners’ response
- We will continue to identify the needs of communities, and especially of persons with disabilities
- We are ensuring that persons with severe injuries and disabilities have access to timely, contextually appropriate medical, orthopaedic, physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services
- We are working with mainstream relief organisations to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in their emergency/recovery programmes
- We are building the capacity of our local resources to ensure the continuation of this work in the long term
Achievements – first three months
- 12,081 people have been seen through outreach camps, of whom 2644 have received rehabilitation services and 786 medical interventions/surgeries have been performed
- 1971 people have received psychosocial counselling, trauma care and tailored Psychological First Aid (PFA), while 93 people (staff/partners) have received training or refresher training on PFA
- Since the first days of the response CBM and partner staff have strategically participated in advocacy towards in inclusive response, through the cluster system and at district and local levels. This approach is ongoing, and has included:
- Integral members of the Inclusion Working Group under the Inter Cluster Gender Task Force and the Age and Disability Task Force (ADTF)
- Joint production of key message documents
- Facilitating two major trainings (with IFRC & Gender Focal Point)
- 1164 persons with disabilities and older people affected by the earthquake have been identified
- More than 250 referrals have been made to more than 40 organisations (international, national, local and private). These are ensuring that basic needs (including shelter, health, food, education, livelihood and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene - WASH) are addressed, and specific requirements such as wheelchairs and walking/hearing/visual aids are provided.