Global Health and Natural Disaster: 
Lessons From a Local Health Care NGO at the Forefront of Nepal’s Earthquake Relief and Recovery Efforts

09-30-2016 23:25

On April 25, 2015, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake claimed over 9,000 lives in Nepal and destroyed roughly 770,000 homes, 50,000 classrooms and 1,000 health posts. Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has served Nepal’s northern Dhading District since 1992, is a key player in relief and recovery efforts. The villages it serves—some of which are a three-day walk from the nearest road—were close to the earthquake’s epicenter and were essentially leveled. HHC provided food, clean water, power, temporary shelter, medical care and essential supplies in the immediate aftermath, and assisted with logistics for other relief agencies providing aid to Dhading. HHC is engaged in long-term recovery, helping to repair and rebuild health clinics and the Dhading District Hospital to world class standards and to reconstruct schools. HHC’s experience can offer lessons on disaster preparedness for global health, particularly in rural settings.

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Author(s):Dr. Robert McKersie, Christina Madden
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