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 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
• 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
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
• 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/
• 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).