One Month On: MSF’s Emergency Response in Nepal

Ursung Tamang, 48, sustained cuts to her face when her house collapsed. Portrait taken at MSF mobile clinic, Kuni village, Dhading district. Photo: Brian Sokol


On 25 April 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal. Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams began medical and non-medical activities soon after, and were able to respond immediately after a second earthquake of 7.3 magnitude struck on 12 May. As we race against time to reach remote villages with medical supplies and shelter material before the monsoon starts, we bring you a snapshot of our efforts so far.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, an MSF team set up a mobile clinic in Dhading district, where little or no assistance had reached until then. MSF teams saw people in need of basic healthcare, as well as a number of people with wounds sustained in the earthquake that became infected. Photo: Jean Pletinckx/MSF

The first baby delivered by an MSF surgical team in a hospital in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on 1 May 2015. Photo: MSF

Children draw during a psycho-education session in Nampha in Sindupalchowk district. MSF is conducting psycho-education sessions to help enhance the coping mechanisms of those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. Photo: Kamini Deshmukh

MSF provided shelter material to families in Gorkha district. The teams also distributed blankets, hygiene and kitchen kits by helicopters to remote villages. Photo: Brian Sokol

An aerial view of MSF’s inflatable hospital in Arughat, Gorkha district. The hospital started receiving patients on 8 May and treats an average of 100 patients per day in the outpatient department.  Photo: Brian Sokol

Sita Neupane, 73, rests on a stretcher while being treated for diarrhoea at MSF’s inflatable hospital in Arughat, Gorkha district. Photo: Brian Sokol


A pregnant woman arrives to give birth at the inflatable hospital in Arughat, Gorkha district. Photo: Brian Sokol



Chuchepati camp in Kathmandu where the population displaced by the earthquakes is taking shelter. MSF has supplied two 15,000 litre water bladders in the camp and dug latrines. Photo: Brian Sokol


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