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Major Earthquake Devastates Nepal


On April 25, an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude devastated Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu. Over 7,900 people have died, with more than 17,800 injured. Destruction is widespread.  Nearly half of the people in need of health assistance are children.

Aftershocks continued to hamper relief efforts and traumatize those who lived through the Saturday quake. One of the aftershocks was measured at 6.7 the following day.  Another major quake hit on May 12, measuring 7.3, with additional casualties and injuries, terrifying an already traumatized nation.

Medical Teams International's Response

Within 48 hours, our teams mobilized to send emergency medical relief. Medical Teams International's Global Emergency and Security Advisor Dominic Bowen landed in Kathmandu the day after the deadly quake.  

Our first-in team arrived April 30th. Since arriving, the team has been providing assistance and conducting assessments in six of the most geographically isolated areas of Nepal. Earthquakes continue to rock these areas, where most buildings have already collapsed. In these rural areas where Medical Teams’ work is focused, there is an extreme shortage of medicines and a health system stretched beyond capacity.

Medical Teams International's initial urgent humanitarian response is now transitioning into a broader early recovery program, including restoration of heath services in local health facilities.

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An earthquake victim atop what was once his home in rural Nepal.
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Medical Teams International is responding to this disaster as a Member of the Integral Alliance.

Response Plan

Our doctors and nurses have provided medical care for earthquake related injuries. The Nepalese health services have proved to be remarkably robust despite the large scale and size of this disaster. 

MTI’s initial urgent humanitarian response is now transitioning into a broader early recovery program, including restoration of health services in local health facilities. In Dhading District, 28 of the 53 health facilities are completely destroyed and 23 partially damaged.

MTI will work in Dhading District to:

  • Ensure that priority health facilities are restored safe and operable.
  • Increase childhood survival through access and awareness to community-based hygiene and health promotion.
  • Improve reproductive, maternal and newborn services through increased access at the local health facilities, outreach clinics, and communities


  • Ministry of Health of Nepal
  • World Health Organization
  • United Mission to Nepal
  • Tiny Hands International
  • Mission East
  • Shanti Nepal
  • Direct Relief International
  • Medair

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