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THE STORY:

UPDATE- July/August 2015

The Government of Nepal released a Post Disaster Needs Assessment in July. All development work in the earthquake-affected district will now follow the guidelines provided, in which the focus is on recovery in terms of shelter, health facilities and rebuilding systems. To this end, NFCC has been working in direct coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population and Ministry of Education to develop long-term, sustainable responses to the earthquake. These projects are geared toward restoring and improving sexual and reproductive health services and programs, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Population and the Family Health Division.

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In addition to long-term strategic planning and coordination, NFCC has continued to offer direct relief to earthquake victims through its Community Disinfection Program. After completing an initial assessment of several earthquake relief camps, NFCC noted that basic sanitary standards were not being met. Given the lack of proper sanitation and disinfection measures in many of the relief areas, NFCC has continued its disinfection campaign in the Village Development Committees of Harisiddi, Siddhipur, Bungmati, Khokana, Thecho, Lubhu, Jhor, Dharmasthali, and Baluwa. NFCC team members use a chlorine bleach solution to disinfect all bathroom stalls, toilet seats, showers, sink handles, doorknobs, and the ground around waste disposal sites and bathrooms. The disinfection campaign has benefitted an estimated 2,000 families thus far. 

We will revisit these relief camps in the last week of August to disinfect the areas again, as cholera has recently been reported in Kathmandu and the monsoon rains are in full force. 

Supplies distributed

NFCC also received several in-kind donations of soap and medical supplies. The soap was delivered to the Village Development Committee (VDC) of Panauti in Kabre District. Disinfection Program coordinator Kishor Sen and a volunteer member of the earthquake disinfection team delivered these items. The medical supplies were donated to the Patan Hospital NICU. 

In Baluwa Village Development Committee, NFCC has distributed LifeStraws, portable water filters that make any type of contaminated water drinkable, to 76 students of Suntakhan Secondary School. The students also received stationary, backpacks and pencils.   

One of our donors personally requested that their donations be used for schools. To this end NFCC is now working with a government school north of Kathmandu to rebuild its toilets for girls. Our team has conducted two field visits as part of a needs assessment and will coordinate construction with stakeholder input from September 2015. 

Planning a sustainable response

NFCC will continue to pursue a long-term sustainable approach in all of its earthquake response activities, with the goal of reinstating and improving vital services that were interrupted as a result of the disaster. 

The Menstrual Hygiene Management in School Health program, in conjunction with the Department of Education and the Family Health Division, will offer a reference manual and training packets, all developed by NFCC, to teachers, health workers, and students in government schools in a number of earthquake-affected districts in Nepal. NFCC will also conduct trainings at the central, district and community levels for teachers, resource persons, and health care providers to ensure common understanding and proper implementation of the program. 

Our SRH services restoration project will begin as a 12-month project to improve the sexual and reproductive health services available to earthquake-affected populations in Gorkha district, which was the epicenter of the April 25th earthquake. The project will address the SRH needs of men and women in the area by first ensuring the availability and quality of Minimal Initial Service Package (MISP) services in all health facilities. From there, and as the pace of physical reconstruction allows, NFCC will facilitate the transition of these facilities from life-saving urgent care centers to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health service centers.

UPDATE: On June 30. In the first phase of NFCC’s Earthquake Relief response work, we dispatched teams to five districts: Gorkha, Kabre, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur. During this phase, we reached 12,298 women and provided Health Education on the maintenance of both personal and community hygiene. Soap and sanitary pads to cover one menstrual cycle were distributed to each woman, along with orientation sessions on how to use and properly dispose of the sanitary pads. Hand-washing tutorials were also conducted to ensure proper hygiene in the midst of this disaster. 

After completing an initial assessment of relief camps in the aforementioned districts, NFCC noted that basic sanitary standards were not being met. Given the lack of proper sanitation and disinfection measures in many of the relief areas, NFCC has begun a disinfection campaign in the Village Development Committees of Harisiddi, Siddhipur, Bungmati, Khokana, Thecho, Lubhu, Jhor, Dharmasthali, and Baluwa. NFCC team members use a chlorine bleach solution to disinfect all bathroom stalls, toilet seats, showers, sink handles, doorknobs, and the ground around waste disposal sites and bathrooms. The disinfection campaign has benefitted an estimated 2,000 families thus far. We are working to cover as many relief camps as we can before the monsoon season fully begins. 

In Baluwa Village Development Committee, NFCC has distributed LifeStraws, portable water filters that make any type of contaminated water drinkable, to 76 students of Suntakhan Secondary School. The students also received stationary, backpacks and pencils.   

In addition to these activities, our team has distributed donated medications to schools in the Kathmandu Valley and the Patan Hospital NICU. 

We will continue our monthly distributions of menstrual hygiene products to help women in the earthquake-affected areas manage their periods, thus ensuring that they can wait in relief lines with dignity to receive critical food, water and medical supplies. When our teams distribute sanitary pads and soap, we also provide a mandatory educational session on how to properly use and dispose of the pads. 

UPDATE: As of May 25, 2015, we have distributed earthquake relief supplies 12165 women and children and counting!

As a result of the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015, and over 300 aftershocks, entire sections of Kathmandu have collapsed and people have been left without shelter or access to basic necessities such as food, clean water and medical services. This in turn can become an even bigger public health catastrophe and therefore needs immediate attention!

NFCC International, in collaboration with School of Public Health at UAB - The University of Alabama at Birmingham, is actively involved in coordination and implementation of relief activities! NFCC has been partnering with the Nepali government for almost 30 years. Through this partnership and with its staff on the ground in Kathmandu, NFCC has the capacity to access the ongoing situation and provide the goods and services that are most needed!

The need for aid is URGENT!! The death toll is currently estimated to be over 8,000, with almost 17,000 Nepalis injured and at least 2.8 million people displaced. Buildings across the Kathmandu valley, including historic world-heritage sites, homes and medical facilities have been destroyed. Water sources in the city have been contaminated by Kathmandu's sewage system, which could lead to an outbreak of water-borne diseases such as Cholera or Dysentery. There are 13,225 persons per square kilometer in the city of Kathmandu, but it only has one airport and two main roads in and out of the city for delivery of medical supplies. Thousands of displaced persons have crowded into government-created makeshift relief camps across Kathmandu Valley. A public health crisis appears imminent.The government has declared a State of Emergency and has requested international support, citing an immediate need for food, clean water and medical supplies.

Already, our team has determined that NFCC should focus on delivering sanitation and clean water supplies, including the following: (1) Water Purifying Tablets, (2) Hand Sanitizer, (3) Diapers and (4) Sanitary Napkins. Clean water and sanitation is of the utmost importance in order to prevent an outbreak of water-borne and airborne disease, esepcially during the monsoon period that is about to fully start in July. 


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UPDATE: It is estimated that 38 out of Nepal's 75 districts were affected, but knowledge of the extent of the damage is at this time limited.

UPDATE: Khokana, where NFCC has regularly conducted health camps in the past, has been absolutely devastated. NFCC is including Khokana, a VDC located in the Kathmandu Valley in Lalitpur District, in our list of targeted relief sites.

UPDATE: NFCC team members have been visiting relief camps in the Kathmandu Valley to assess needs and a preliminatry assesment, completed on May 1st, revealed that while people were receiving adequate food and water, the lack of any sanitation measures and the water storage situation in these camps indicated a high risk for gastrointestinal diseases.

UPDATE: An NFCC assessment of the Khokana relief site, conducted on May 2nd, determined that while people at the Khokana camp have been provided with food by aid organizations, the following supplies remained inadequate: clean water, diapers, tents, mattresses, sanitary pads and waste disposal bins.

UPDATE: On May 3rd, NFCC arranged for the delivery of 20,000 water purification tablets, which will be distributed in waves by NFCC staff.

UPDATE: On May 5th, NFCC Nepal's Deputy Executive Director, Pema Lhaki, flew to Nepal from New York with the first major shipment of supplies that we had collected in the United States. 

UPDATE: NFCC Nepal, with a team of over 30 volunteers, has been busy distributing relief aid and providing trainings to displaced people on how to use the supplies. We have been collaborating with WaterAid and the Nepal Government's Ministry of Health on our relief work.

UPDATE: On the weekend of May 9th, NFCC aid distribution teams reached almost 2,000 women in 5 districts in just two days!

UPDATE: On May 12, another earthquake, with a 7.3 magnitude, struck Nepal bringing down already damaged structures. As the death toll rises again, over 1,000 have been injured by this new quake. At the time of the quake, NFCC volunteers were working at relief camps and witnessed buildings collapsing around them. They are continuing their relief efforts in the wake of this new earthquake. 

Updates will continue to be posted.

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