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On 25 April, 2015 a catastrophic magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the south-central Asian country of Nepal, killing more than 8,600, making this the nation’s deadliest disaster on record.
After weeks of aftershocks, another powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the same region on 12 May.
Some 8 million people are affected by the quakes. According to UNICEF, 1.7 million children urgently need aid. More than 750,000 homes were destroyed.
- The first quake struck on Saturday, 25 April local time.
- A series of aftershocks included a 7.3-magnitude quake on 12 May.
- The two quakes killed more than 8,600 people.
- Some 8 million people have been affected by the quakes, and an estimated 1.7 million children urgently need aid.
- World Vision (One Goal core partner) has initiated a disaster response effort, targeting 100,000 people in the worst-affected areas.
- The top needs of survivors include water, food, hygiene supplies, shelter, and protection for children.
Nutrition in the aftermath of disaster
The most immediate needs will be potable water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter and protection for children. With around half the Nepalese population under age 18 and children amongst the most vulnerable in emergencies, there are serious concerns for communities following the earthquake.
In the aftermath of any disaster, women and mothers bear the brunt of taking care of the children and the needs of the entire family amidst scanty resources. Nutrition for mothers and their children can go forgotten if not intentionally sought. One Goal urges our partners and disaster relief agencies on the ground to ensure nutrition for children and mothers is priority in the immediate and long-term recovery efforts.
Nutrition and One Goal in Nepal
Nepal is already among the poorest and least-developed countries in the world. Children make up half of the population and infant and under-five mortality rates are 46 and 54 deaths per 1,000 live births, respectively.
The health of Nepalese children can be affected by exposure to infectious diseases, malnutrition and poor hygiene and sanitation and lack of healthy environment.
To combat malnutrition in the country and promote a healthy lifestyle by increasing access to sport, One Goal Australia supports and helps fund Sports for Development and Child and Maternal Health projects in the districts of Kailali and Jumla in Nepal. While these districts are a fair distance from the country’s capital of Kathmandu – the epicentre of the quake – the impact of the natural disaster has been felt as far away as Tibet and Bangladesh, where buildings swayed.
In the far-western Kailali region, a One Goal pilot program is promoting improved child health and active lifestyles through football clinics and nutrition workshops. The program targets 4,000 students from 10 secondary schools and approximately 10,000 parents.
One Goal will continue to report on nutrition efforts in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. For up to date information on relief efforts, see the World Vision International website.
Donate to World Vision's Nepal earthquake appeal to support immediate and long-term relief efforts.