Emergency and humanitarian action

One Year Post-quake, Nepal’s Health Workforce Remains Focused, Committed

World Health Organization prepares a Medical Camp Kit at the WFP warehouse in Bharatpur city, southern Nepal.
Photo: WHO/J.Swan

When on 25 April 2015 an earthquake measuring 7.8 tore across Nepal’s central and western districts, the country’s health workforce was placed under immense pressure. From triaging waves of incoming patients at remote health posts to carrying out round-the-clock surgeries at Kathmandu’s major hospitals, the workforce faced formidable challenges. It proved itself more than capable. Almost one year on, Nepal’s health workforce continues to overcome adversity in support of the health and wellbeing of communities.

Sabina Basnet, an Auxiliary Nurse Midwife in the remote town of Khopachangu, Dolakha, is emblematic. Immediately after the quake Sabina helped deliver a baby in the open and saved the life of a young mother who was experiencing post-partum hemorrhaging. Through the earthquake, monsoon, fuel shortage and biting-cold winter she has provided midwifery services from a WHO-supplied Medical Camp Kit (MCK) that replaced the village’s severely damaged health post.

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