Nepal Earthquake

In one of its worst natural disasters in 80 years, the Nepal Earthquake has claimed 5,000 as of the time of this writing, and is on track to take more than 10,000 lives by the time that the counting is finished. There are a number of efforts underway to mitigate that loss, include some led by diaspora. Check them out below and be sure to find a way to get involved.

Stay Informed

IRIN is currently maintaining a fantastic live update of developments in Nepal, as well as the UK Newspaper the Guardian.

A local/diaspora led social media effort is underway to rescue individual survivors, using as one of many tools this map of Rescue Requests and Gathering Places within Nepal.

In the meanwhile, here's a recent assessment of surgical need and capacity in Nepal (Open-access), which has doubtless been exacerbated since the earthquake. 


Here's a helpful list of do's and don't when contributing after humanitarian emergencies. Generally it's best to only give funds at this stage, and only to established, trustworthy groups. 

American Nepali Medical Foundation--raising funds on behalf of Medecins San Frontiers, Red Cross, and Possible (Nyaya) Health.

Care: Has a long-term presence in Nepal; currently partnering to support 75,000 individuals.

Oxfam: Int'l humanitarian agency. Currently sending technical experts and assessing situation

Save the Children: Currently raising funds for response, about 10% of which will go towards resilience to "prepare for the next emergency"

World Vision: Currently sending materials and a team into Nepal.

Project for a Village (a organization supporting girls health and education outside Kathmandu, Nepal; advised by our own Anju Ranjit)


Those wanting to travel to Nepal as medical volunteers should coordinate with an established NGO or with the American Nepal Medical Foundation, via this form here.

Kathmandu Living Lab is requesting volunteers for to help develop an open-source map for on-the-ground support workers. (See an article describing their efforts here.)

Basic Statistics

From the WHO, 2012

Population 27.2 million

Life Expectancy 68

Regional Average: 67

Under 5 Mortality 42/1000 live births

Regional Average: 50/1000 live births

Maternal Mortality Ratio 190 deaths/100,000 live births 

Regional Average: 190 deaths/100,000 live births

HIV prevalence 177/100,000 individuals 

Regional Average: 185/100,000 individuals

Physicians per Capita 2.1/10,000 (2004)

Births Attended by Skilled Health Personnel: 36% 

Regional Average: 67%

Out of Pocket Expenditure (% of Total Health Exp.) 49.2% 

Global Average: 17.8%

Government Expenditure (% of Total Health Exp.) 39.5% 

Global Average: 59.7%

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+ Burden of Disease

Diseases contributing most to Years of Life Lost, 1990 and 2010 figures (from Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Red=communicable neonatal/maternal/nutritional causes, blue=noncommunicable disease, green=injuries

To learn more about Nepal's burden of disease, check out the following sources:

IHME's Global Burden of Disease country profile

Nepal's Report on Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (including commitments to reduce maternal mortality, child mortality, HIV, TB and malaria)

Nepal's progress on Non-Communicable Disease (including trauma, hypertension, COPD, diabetes, and cancer)

+ Maps

Interaction NGO Maps

Details the activities of local and international NGOs in Nepal.

+ Relevant Ministries

Ministry of Health And Population:

+ Known Diaspora Groups

+ Commentary Worth Following

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