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Nepal earthquake - one month on

by Gordon Rattray | gordonrattray | CBM International
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:52 GMT

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Since the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April, CBM, with partner organisations, has reached more than 3000 people through outreach camps in some of the worst-hit and least-accessible districts.

We are using the knowledge and resources of Nepalese Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs), and working in close cooperation with the coordination mechanisms set up in the country, to ensure that not only our response but those of mainstream relief organisations are fully inclusive.

Response strategy
Our emergency team, based in Kathmandu, was functioning in the hours immediately after the earthquake and a strategy is in place to continue this work through the first phase and beyond.

With partners, CBM will

  • Continue to identify needs of communities, and especially persons with disabilities
  • Ensure that persons with severe injuries and disabilities have access to timely, contextually appropriate medical, orthopaedic, physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services
  • Work with mainstream relief organisations to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in their emergency/recovery programmes
  • Build the capacity of our local resources to ensure the continuation of this work in the longer-term

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