USAID’s commitment to Nepal has stood the test of time. In the aftermath of the devastating April 25 earthquakes that shook Nepal, our commitment remains stronger than ever. On June 25, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced $130 million to support Nepal’s earthquake relief and recovery needs. This contribution builds upon USAID’s investments on disaster preparedness, and is only the beginning of our contribution to Nepal’s earthquake recovery, which will span multiple years.
Post-earthquake recovery activities continue. WFP utilizes trekking infrastructure to deliver aid. Number of earthquake-affected people requiring immediate food assistance declines. Government delays impede release of reconstruction funds.
To improve the quality, accessibility, and sustainability of rehabilitation services in Nepal, USAID introduced the STRIDE project in 2010. The project provides direct technical and financial support to five physical rehabilitation centers (local partner organizations) and their three satellite units.
The Government of Nepal’s Post Disaster Needs Assessment estimates that, as a result of the April 25, 2015 earthquake, 28,572 classrooms in public and private schools were totally destroyed or damaged beyond use. The extensive damage interrupted the education of over 2 million children and youth. Many public school grounds are being used as temporary shelters for displaced populations, which will delay school re-opening.
In support of the Government of Nepal (GON), USAID’s Saath-Saath Project reduces the transmission and impact of HIV and AIDS and improves reproductive health among key affected populations.
Nepal’s first HIV case was detected in 1988. Today, the country has a concentrated HIV epidemic with almost 40,000 adults and children living with HIV, and an estimated overall adult HIV prevalence (15-49 years) of 0.20 percent, the highest among South Asian countries.
Last updated: December 24, 2015