Nepal Earthquake: Medicines, Basic Supplies and Psychosocial Support Urgently Needed

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal on April 25th, BasicNeeds has launched an appeal, responding with emergency supplies and psychosocial support via our local partner Livelihoods and Education Development Society (LEADS) Nepal. LEADS works in Myagdi and Baglung areas, very close to the epicenter of the earthquake.

Our partner staff in the villages there report 540 people injured and 2,900 houses damaged, with people living outside of their homes in cold temperatures. “People are scared to go inside their houses, we have experienced over 100 aftershocks over the last two days. We have still not been able to contact families in the most remote villages,” says Padam Raj Shrestha of LEADS Nepal.

Food supplies and medicines, including those for long-term mental health conditions, are very rapidly running down with the possibility of patients becoming very ill with little chance of being able to regain and maintain their mental stability.

We envision several stages of our support for people with mental illness and their families affected by the earthquake:

  • Enabling LEADS to procure urgently needed supplies of food, water, pharmaceutical drugs and blankets to support mentally ill people, their care givers and other family members.
  • Training local Community Health Volunteers to provide post-trauma support for our families and their communities.
  • Building local capacity to sustain the delivery of mental health and development services in the transition from rehabilitation to development.

Please support our partner in Nepal by clicking on “Donate Now” to make a tax deductible credit card donation, or donate to our JustGiving campaign established for specifically for this appeal.

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