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Nepal earthquake - one month on

HRDC clients (from left): Rohan (10) and Ganesh (12) and Dharmendra (8) share a light moment as they walk around the premises of HRDC (Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children) after the second big quake on 12th May.

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 Three young patients share a light moment at CBM partner HRDC (Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children)country, to ensure that not only our response but those of mainstream relief organisations are inclusive of persons with disabilities.

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.


From first assessment to strategic response
Since 25 April, cbm has been working to assess the situation and to develop an inclusive response.
•    Within the first 24 hours cbm Emergency Response Unit had made contact with our
      Nepal country office and with all partners in Nepal, and had ascertained that all staff
      were safe
Indira (right) with sister Mandira in hospital at CBM partner 'International Nepal Fellowship' (INF), in Pokhara, 200 km west of Kathmandu. Indira was injured when her house collapsed during the earthquake.•    A local Emergency Response Team
    (ERT) was quickly assembled from
     in-country staff, and cbm
     Emergency Programme Manager
     and other experienced staff
     arrived within 3-4 days
•    In  the days and weeks that
     followed, this team visited our
     partners in many of the worst-
     affected areas, assessing the
     needs and building strategy for
     a disability-inclusive response


Strategic response
We have been responding to the needs of injured people since day two (having reached more than 3,000 people already), and now have a full response strategy in place which will:
•    Continue to identify needs of communities, and especially persons with disabilities
Aarti (who is three) had to evacuate from hospital during the first earthquake. CBM recognises the importance of mental health and psychosocial support during emergencies•    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


Active participation of persons with disabilities
We aim to ensure our response is inclusive. This does not only mean reaching the most at-risk groups such as persons with disabilities; it also means utilising the knowledge and skills of these people in our response.

To this end, we are working closely with people with disabilities in Nepal, through the networks of Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs).

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