Nepal 4-Month Update: Expanded Outreach to Rural Areas


Four months after the Nepal earthquake, 2.8 million people are still in need of help. Unfortunately, the monsoon rains are making it more difficult for remote communities to access humanitarian services. Yet, Handicap International remains dedicated to reaching the most vulnerable people.

“There are still aftershocks, and people get scared very easily,” says Jeremy Mouton, Handicap International’s reporting officer in Nepal. “It’s vital to provide them with help, including psychological support.”

To ensure aid reaches remote areas, Handicap International is managing a logistics and transport service to deliver humanitarian aid to distribution points in villages and communities. Handicap International also manages humanitarian aid storage centers in Kathmandu, Dhading, and Rasuwa.

Since April 25, Handicap International’s physical therapy teams have provided post-traumatic care, organized more than 8,000 rehabilitation sessions, and distributed more than 1,300 mobility aids including wheelchairs, crutches, walking frames, and prostheses in 20 hospitals and field clinics.

“Fewer people are arriving in Kathmandu hospitals with problems connected to the earthquake, but Handicap International has stepped up its efforts to help rural communities in mobile clinics in seven districts,” says Jeremy. "Local people can take part in rehabilitation sessions, access mobility aids, and receive psychological support without having to travel miles. We broadcast radio messages every week to tell people where the clinics are going to be. During the monsoon season, a lot of roadways are blocked, but we’re still trying to get through.”