Remembering the Nepal Earthquake two years on

Posted on: Tuesday, 25th April, 2017
A line of women waiting for emergency services following the earthquake

25th April marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal.  Over 8,700 people lost their lives and nearly 22,300 people were left injured.  Several aftershocks and a second earthquake led to more deaths, destruction and trauma.

With over thirty years’ experience of working in Nepal, CBM and its local partners responded rapidly to help people, particularly those with disabilities and injuries.  A Country Emergency Programme (CEP) was set up with five local organisations to respond to the immediate recovery needs of the affected people.

The CEP came to end in March 2016 and was replaced by the three-year Post Emergency Response Implementation Programme (PERIP) launched in April 2016.  This programme implemented by CBM along with eight local organisations was launched in ten of the most affected districts to improve access to health, rehabilitation services, and livelihood opportunities.  The impact since the launch of PERIP:

Health and Rehabilitation

  • 2,398 people reached with health and rehabilitation services
  • 608 assistive devices distributed (e.g.: wheelchairs)
  • 181 people with disabilities received corrective surgeries
  • 179 female community health volunteers/workers received training on Injury Management and Disability Prevention
  • 75 doctors and nurses trained
  • 543 counselling sessions organised of which 315 were people with psychosocial disability

Livelihood opportunities

  • 420 earthquake survivors received livelihood support

Thirty-year old Sukra Tamang is part of CBM’s Disability Inclusive Livelihood Programme in Nepal.  At the age of two he lost four toes when he fell in a field which affected his ability to stand and walk independently.  Sukra Tamang's house was damaged during the earthquake.  The CBM-supported livelihood training programme has helped Tamang grow his own vegetables and earn an income to rebuild his house and support his family. Tamang said:

“I have used my own land to grow vegetables and this makes me happy. I now live a dignified life and feel respected.  The negative attitude towards persons with disabilities has changed.”

CBM is also working with the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Emergency Operation Centre to include people with disabilities in the upcoming National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Action Plan, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Action (2015-2030).  A comprehensive situation analysis on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) initiatives is also being conducted by CBM to ensure that the country’s on-going response is inclusive of people with disabilities.


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