Update on the Nepal Earthquake


The April 25th 7.8 magnitude earthquake and second 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12th has resulted in more than 8,219 deaths and 17,866 injured. The international humanitarian community continues to expand its support to the Nepalese government in the provision of humanitarian relief, particularly in the hardest hit regions outside of Kathmandu. Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have suffered such terrible losses in Nepal, and we look forward to supporting our colleagues who endeavor to help them.

HHI, Harvard University, Affiliated Hospital Efforts (as of 5.13.15):

HHI is working with the United Nations Health Cluster to identify medical needs and personnel for deployment, and we will work through our NGO partners to identify additional staff needed.  

HHI's Kobo Toolbox, a real time data collection and sharing system, is the preferred data collection tool for the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to coordinate data collection and sharing across NGOs.  HHI supported Nepalese government efforts to collect data using Kobo in Nepal's hard hit region of Sindhupalchok. 

HHI's Signal Program is supporting Pacific Disaster Center's mapping of the locations of internally displaced persons (IDPs) visible in satellite imagery. 

ATHA Podcast - "Nepal: The First Two Weeks": In this special edition of the ATHA Podcast on the Nepal Earthquake, HHI experts discuss the operational decisions and interventions within the first two weeks of such a large-scale humanitarian disaster response. The expert panelists discuss how agencies are responding to urgent needs in Nepal, the challenges and strategies of coordination, and priorities to consider in medium to long-term recovery, in order to help vulnerable communities “build back better.” Listen here: http://www.atha.se/webcast/special-event-nepal-first-two-weeks

HHI affiliated experts are working closely with NetHope, which brings together the knowledge and power of 43 humanitarian organizations with information communication technology. The crisis informatics program is following and contributing data related to their consortium members (80-90% in Kathmandu and surrounding regions) to provide basic maps and crisis information to support the provision of emergency communications with the emergency telecommunications cluster that is part of the international humanitarian architecture. This work is informed by Disaster 2.0 an HHI research effort with the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The team is now applying components of Disaster 2.0 to the next level with agile simple crisis informatics solutions.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine has two Wilderness Medicine Fellows that staff the clinics for the Himalayan Rescue Association. The Fellows are on site, safe and working in two mountain clinics.  The Himalayan Rescue Association has been leading medical care in the Kathmandu Valley for about 35 years, and does wonderful work for both local people, sherpas and climbers in remote and austere environments of Nepal.

Emergency Relief Donations:

Harvard University affiliates interested in supporting relief efforts in Nepal may direct these to the Himalayan Rescue Association.

The United States Agency for International Development also lists major international non-governmental organizations doing reputable work in Nepal.


HHI will continue to report on progress of the relief effort and the efforts of our Harvard affiliates in the region