Although Americares had done very limited work in the country prior to the earthquake (primarily through support for volunteer medical outreach teams), the organization responded to the disaster within 48 hours and quickly established a presence in the overall response effort. It was determined after assessing the damage to the health system that Americares would establish an in-country office, warehouse and longer-term health programs to restore health services for survivors, rebuild health facilities and address the stress and trauma wounds caused by the disaster.
When a major disaster strikes a very poor nation like Nepal, the consequences are dire. The massive earthquake that struck on April 25, 2015 devastated this mountainous country and left thousands dead and many thousands more injured and homeless. The damage to the health care system was extensive and left many without access to any care.
in emergency medicine and project support to help survivors immediately and strengthen health systems for years to come.
Our Nepal team has focused earthquake recovery programs in several key areas of community health: