On April 26, 2015, the ground in Nepal rumbled with a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. The force of the quake was felt far and wide.
In the days and weeks following the disaster, Medical Teams International deployed teams of volunteer medical professionals to treat patients and assess medical needs in the rugged, mountainous country.
Though the immediate danger from the earthquake has passed, the needs remain great in Nepal. Regionally, only Pakistan and Afghanistan rank lower on the Human Development Index: 145th out of 188 countries worldwide.
Medical Teams International is on the cutting edge, trailblazing the first fully-integrated Emergency Medical Services solution in Nepal. We also empower mothers to effectively address child mortality in their own communities. We innovate by bringing together communities and existing government health staff. Most of all, we take a pioneering approach to tackling the greatest health care needs and being a light along the way.
Bringing health to the most isolated
Our work targets under-served areas in rural regions of Nepal. We are implementing long-term development programs to meet the medical needs of people in the Dhading District-- the epicenter of the quake's destruction.
In Nepal, where one child out of 19 doesn't live to age 5, Medical Teams serves in the following ways:
- Improving behaviors and access to quality maternal and child health services
- Building an Emergency Medical Services system, training communities how to respond to emergencies and establish a self-sustaining ambulance business
- Empowering mothers to identify malnutrition and teaching them how to prepare nutritious meals for their children
- Training mothers how to reduce illnesses in the home through basic hygiene practices
- Encouraging mothers to band together, to learn from and help each other in times of need
- Partnering closely with United Nations, the Nepal government, medical institutions and clinics, and international and local organizations to have the greatest impact
A young mother and her baby, Proban, received care from MTI after the earthquake took their home.
Read their story.