Cholera and other diseases a real risk in Nepal

Cholera and other diseases a real risk in Nepal

08 May 2015

“Cholera and other diseases a real risk in Nepal,” says Concern CEO as agency’s Emergency Appeal raises €750,000 in first two weeks.

A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has laid waste to many buildings across Nepal. Photo taken by Crystal Wells / Concern Worldwide. Today Concern Worldwide CEO, Dominic MacSorley warned that cholera and other diseases could hinder the relief effort as the monsoon season looms large in Nepal following the massive earthquake of 25 April.

The threat of cholera and other diseases is now very real, with water and sanitation systems massively damaged by the earthquake. A significant challenge in this post-earthquake situation is that thousands of people have moved into temporary accommodation in Kathmandu and other cities and are living in far more congested and poorly built areas, with poorer sanitation – all primary drivers of cholera, if it starts.

When the monsoon season arrives in June, it will compound the situation, escalating the threat of disease with the risk of more fatalities. There is a real urgency now.  Our team on the ground is focusing on clean water systems, hygiene kits and shelter provision to try to mitigate as best they can the risk and impact of any potential outbreaks.

Dominic MacSorley praised the Irish public for its response to the earthquake, with the organisation’s emergency appeal raising €750,000 in its first two weeks.

There has been an amazing public response to our Nepal Emergency Appeal. Our team is now accessing the most remote and most devastated part of the country and is drawing on the agency’s previous experience of working in Nepal as recently as 2010.

Concern worked in Nepal from 2005 to 2010, focusing on livelihoods, water and sanitation and nutrition.

Our Emergency Response Team has now linked with two former local partner organisations – Rural Reconstruction Nepal and Nepal Water for Health  – and is working to build latrines and distribute water purification tablets, shelter and hygiene supplies to 14,000 families – equating to approximately 70,000 people – living in the worst-affected rural areas.

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A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has laid waste to many buildings across Nepal. Photo taken by Crystal Wells / Concern Worldwide.

Cholera and other diseases a real risk in Nepal

“Cholera and other diseases a real risk in Nepal,” says Concern CEO as agency’s Emergency Appeal raises €750,000 in first two weeks.