In the emergency response cbm International has reached thousands of people with disabilities and many people who sustained injuries as a result of the earthquakes that hit Nepal. July 25th marks the 3-month anniversary of the first big earthquake. To date 8,800 people lost their lives from the quakes and 594,000 houses were destroyed or fully damaged.
The last ten weeks since the earthquakes have been difficult and challenging for the Nepalese. At the same time, a lot has been achieved and cbm’s expert staff have helped over 13,000 survivors including those with disabilities and those who were severely injured.
One of them is 16 year old Bikram who was trapped inside his parents’ two-storey mud hut – his pelvis broke when the house collapsed on him.
“For the next two days I was crying in pain, lying on the ground with a broken pelvis…there wasn’t anything to eat also. Finally, three days after the quake, an army helicopter came to drop food supplies for our village…” It took three days until an ambulance arrived and brought the boy to hospital.
Thanks to the care and stabilisation he received at a cbm partner hospital in Pokhara he is still full of life: “Yes, there’s some progress. Earlier, I couldn’t move my body. There was severe pain in the hip region. Now the pain has subsided considerably and I can slowly move my legs. I hope it gets better and I can return to my village soon. I’m waiting to see my family…”
Orthopaedic aid saved lives
In our emergency relief activities:
• over 13,000 injured people received urgently needed treatment.
• nearly 200 of them received major surgical intervention.
• outreach camps made it possible to reach those living in remote areas. 231 assistive
devices such as wheelchairs were distributed enabling people to move around.
Psycho-social care to overcome trauma
Devastation, death and injuries caused deep psychological strain. To help overcome their trauma cbm and partners offered therapy including psycho-social counselling and trauma care to 1,208 earthquake victims.
Next to immediate aid mid- and long term support is needed too. Together with our partners we will establish drop-in centres for people with disabilities to identify their needs. At the same time they can look for advice and if applicable be referred to social services and ongoing support.