Earthquake in Nepal

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News on the earthquake in Nepal

22 April 2016 How the response to Nepal’s earthquake strengthened resources for the nation’s most vulnerable women
Three days after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal on 25 April, 2015, forced her to leave her damaged home, Sabina Rimal, age 25, received an unexpected email. It was an email that ended up not only...
3 March 2016 Rebuilding Nepal: Youth take the lead in post-earthquake sexual and reproductive health outreach
“I was unaware of the fact that young people have the right to decide freely on matters related to their sexuality and that sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights,” said Barun Kuinkel, age 17, after...
Sharmila Dangol, 35, and her husband, Bhakta Dangol, 34, encourage other couples to learn about family planning. "Family planning helps reduce poverty and is a key to prosperity,” said Ms. Dangol. © UNFPA Nepal/Santosh Chhetri
24 September 2015 Family planning vital in post-quake Nepal
When Nepal's devastating April earthquake struck, Tanka Kumari Bishankhe's home was badly damaged, and the family planning card she used to track her contraceptive injections disappeared in the chaos. Unable...

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A devastating earthquake jolted Nepal on 25 April 2015, affecting 5.6 million people and killing thousands. Extensive damage was also caused by aftershocks, which were numerous and intense – up to 6.7 in magnitude. The Government of Nepal declared a state of emergency.

There was an urgent need for medical and health services. The needs of women and girls have been particularly acute. UNFPA has responded with reproductive health kits to support safe birth, as well as dignity kits, which contain hygiene supplies for women and girls of reproductive age. UNFPA also set up women-friendly spaces to provide information, services and safety to women at risk of gender-based violence or otherwise in need of assistance, and has organized, with partners, reproductive health camps to provide medical and health assistance in remote areas.

Resources on the earthquake in Nepal

Six months into UNFPA’s response to the Nepal earthquake
Six months after the devastating Nepal earthquake struck, UNFPA reflects on its response. View this slideshow of UNFPA's humanitarian activities.
UNFPA's Nepal earthquake response
The Nepal earthquake has affected 8 million people, including 126,000 pregnant women. UNFPA is responding in the 14 most-affected districts.

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