Humanity & Inclusion has adapted its activities to the Covid-19 pandemic in Nepal, where more than 202,000 people have contracted the coronavirus (as of Nov. 11, 2020)
1,000 online rehabilitation sessions
By adapting its working methods to the pandemic, Humanity & Inclusion has continued to provide rehabilitation care to patients in Nepal. Since physical therapists were no longer able to visit people’s homes, they organized 1,000 online sessions by phone or WhatsApp.
Humanity & Inclusion’s rehabilitation project is critically important in Nepal, where it also supports five rehabilitation centers that provide physical therapy care and orthopedic-fitting services to thousands of people.
Masks & awareness
Humanity & Inclusion has also distributed more than 32,000 masks, disinfectant, hand sanitizing gel, and more than 16,000 gloves to people in need in Karnali, Lumbini, and other provinces. Teams provided local people with information on Covid-19, transmission risks, prevention measures, and other stay-healthy messages.
The messages reached Nepalis through videos, booklets and posters. This work was possible thanks to a close partnership with the Nepal Health Education Information Communication Center (NHEICC), World Health Organisation, and the National Federation of the Disabled - Nepal. Humanity & Inclusion made videos with subtitles and in sign language to ensure the deaf community's inclusion. Nepali TV also ran two videos on air.
Humanity & Inclusion in Nepal
Since 2000, Humanity & Inclusion teams have been responding to issues resulting from the country's civil war (1996-2006) and natural disasters. A massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 leaving more than 8,000 people dead and 22,000 injured. Nepal faces a high exposure to seismic activity and 40% of its population lives below the poverty line. People with disabilities are among the most marginalized individuals in Nepal. Often living in extreme poverty and denied access to education, people with disabilities also struggle to meet their most basic needs and exercise their rights.