Thousands of migrant workers returned from India before the border closed in late April. Limited quarantine facilities in Nepal, coupled with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen, will undoubtedly lead to a further deterioration of the situation in the country, where the Indian COVID strain has been detected.
What CARE International does in Nepal
CARE International began working in Nepal in 1978 as one of the first international aid agencies to operate in the country.
Today, CARE Nepal works to address the systemic and structural causes of poverty and social injustice, such as discrimination based on gender, caste, class, and ethnicity; poor governance; and vulnerability from conflict and natural disasters.
Our work in Nepal focuses on:
- Increasing gender equality by shifting social norms and increasing women’s access to basic health and social services
- Building resilience to disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, and monsoons through water, sanitation, and hygiene services and community disaster preparedness programs
- Working with economically and socially marginalized women and girls
- Achieving improved and diversified food and nutritional security
Since 2020, CARE International has responded to COVID-19 in Nepal. Response efforts have included creating clean drinking water and hand-washing stations, providing medical supplies such as PPE kits, and raising awareness about vaccines.
We are also responding to an increase in gender-based violence during the pandemic through sharing violence prevention messages and providing psychosocial support and referral services to those affected by violence.