Children play in the Barpak village, located in the epicentre of the impact of the Nepal earthquake. ©UNICEF/UN017152/Shrestha
As a result, almost 40,000 unaccompanied, separated and vulnerable children were identified and 13,300 were provided with emergency support.
Food and nutrition
Even before the earthquakes hit, close to four in ten children in Nepal suffered from chronic malnutrition.
UNICEF, alongside the Nepalese Government and other partners, reached more than 90 per cent of targeted children under five and pregnant women in the most affected districts with a ‘Child Nutrition Week’ campaign. Mothers and children were given health assessments, nutrition supplies and counselling on feeding in tough circumstances.
When everything falls apart in a disaster, the classroom is a safe and stable environment where children can move on with the support of friends and teachers. But the Nepal earthquakes destroyed more than 35,000 classrooms, leaving almost one million children out of school.
More than a month after the first earthquake struck, children in the earthquake-affected districts could go back to school. UNICEF helped to establish 1,793 temporary learning centres and gave education supplies to 881,000 children.
Health and medicine
To prevent a measles outbreak in informal camps, UNICEF supported an emergency immunisation campaign targeting almost half a million children under the age of 5 years.
UNICEF’s vaccines had to cross rough terrain for a measles, rubella and polio vaccination campaign in the Gorkha District. © UNICEF/UNI199133/Panday
In the months that followed, UNICEF also supported a nationwide polio immunisation campaign that reached 3.6 million under-five children to keep the disease out of the country.
With nearly 70 per cent of birthing centres damaged or destroyed in the most affected districts, women and newborn babies needed safe spaces to stay. UNICEF established 22 shelter homes for more than 11,000 pregnant women, lactating mothers and their children to receive proper care before and after delivery.