Survival and recovery after the quake in Nepal
The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015 claimed thousands of lives, displaced many more thousands of people and caused substantial damage across the region. The UN estimates that the earthquake affected 4.6 million people in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world.
In response, the Swiss Re Foundation donated CHF 250 000 to support instant relief and invited Swiss Re employees to donate toward long-term rebuilding efforts. The donations were split between the Swiss Red Cross and Save the Children.
The Swiss Red Cross was responsible for the worldwide Red Cross / Red Crescent logistics in Nepal, with logistics teams on site to help with inventory management and transport and distribution of relief supplies.
The number of earthquake casualties greatly exceeded the capacity of local health centres and hospitals to respond. Save the Children deployed the Emergency Health Unit to address gaps by providing local health facilities with materials and training, managing communicable diseases and supporting supplementary, therapeutic and child/infant feeding programmes.