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Jan 16th, 2021
April 2021, it will be six years ago that the terrible earthquake hit Nepal hard.
The earthquakes in 2015 killed more than 9,000 people, and more than 800,000 Nepalese have lost their homes. Now, five years later, you can still see the impact of this. Nepal borders India and China (Tibet) and is one of the least developed countries in the world. Education, health and sanitation are far from optimal. Nepal was therefore considered by the WHO to be one of the countries at highest risk for the COVID-19 pandemic, and also one of the least prepared countries for this pandemic.
Nepal is highly dependent on tourism, trade and other international supply chains. Many workers in Nepal did not receive any income during the lockdown. Luckily the lockdown ended September 2020, and slowly some work can be resumed. Tourism is a vital element of Nepal's economy, and unfortunately, this has come to a standstill. Since the start of Covid and the lockdown, poverty in Nepal has increased, and this is an increasing problem with, among other things, death from hunger.
There were around 270K cases in Nepal, with a registered number of deaths around 1.950. I wonder how many cases there truly are, and how many have not been identified due to lack of testing. COVID-19 is a global problem, but because of the previously existing challenges in Nepal, it affects the Nepalese people hard, and in a different way.
Underneath you find photos of the first relief supplies given to women of WSDO and WOVEN
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Written by Christel Hendriks