United Nations and partners in Nepal launch Covid-19 emergency plan and call for international solidarity to provide vital assistance to the most vulnerable populations and communities in Nepal – Nepal
KATHMANDU, May 21, 2021 – As Nepal faces a tipping point amid its worst COVID-19 outbreak, the United Nations and its partners are today launching the Nepal Covid-19 Response Plan calling for 83.7 million dollars to mobilize an emergency response over the next three months to help 750,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic. The plan has been endorsed by the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team and the Government of Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Center and identifies critical areas of support needed to complement the Government of Nepal’s response efforts.
United Nations Resident Coordinator Sara Beysolow Nyanti said: “The current epidemic is having a devastating impact not only on health, but in all sectors, hitting the poorest and most marginalized people hardest. Nepalese society. The COVID-19 response plan we are launching today calls for swift action and desperately needed international solidarity to save lives and avoid unnecessary suffering today, tomorrow and in the difficult weeks ahead . We have no time to waste. “After several months of relatively low daily cases in Nepal, cases started to increase rapidly in mid-April, from 150 cases per day in early April to over 8,000 cases per day. day since May 5. More than 44% of COVID-19 tests nationwide are coming back positive, suggesting the number of cases is much higher than what has been reported. Despite the surge that started near Three weeks after India’s, Nepal is experiencing roughly the same number of daily cases per capita as India, but with a health system with much more limited capacity.
Dr Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, WHO Representative in Nepal, said: “The recent outbreak of cases has created an unprecedented need for medical supplies, including oxygen, medicines, ventilators, diagnostic kits and vaccines. As WHO and partners support the Nepalese government’s efforts to craft a strong response, tackling the pandemic requires international solidarity. I call on Nepalese friends all over the world to come forward and help meet the needs of the hour. Millions of people in Nepal are grappling not only with the direct impact of COVID-19 on health, but also with hunger, malnutrition, devastating economic losses and other health needs that are neglected. Nepal’s COVID-19 Response Plan brings together priority response activities as defined by the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) to address the health and humanitarian consequences of COVID-19. The government of Nepal is leading the response, but capacities are at a breaking point and international solidarity is urgently needed to assist the most vulnerable people with life-saving response activities in the areas of health, food security, education, nutrition, shelter, protection and water and sanitation.
Ms. Elke Wisch, UNICEF Representative for Nepal, said: “Nepal is experiencing an alarming new wave of COVID-19, with a sharp increase in cases that has overwhelmed Nepal’s fragile health system. As we respond to the immediate health crisis to help save lives, we cannot forget the wider devastating impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak on children and youth in Nepal. They are cut off from vital support networks, lose their parents and caregivers, and witness scenes no child should ever see. We must unite, nationally and internationally, if we are to ensure that Nepal’s interrupted childhoods are not lost forever. “
Nepal’s COVID-19 response plan can be downloaded here: https://un.org.np/resource/covid-19-responseplan-nepal-may-2021
For more information, please contact:
RCO Nepal – Ram Babu Shah, [email protected], +977 9801002004
UNICEF Nepal – Tania Dhakhwa, [email protected] +977 9801244524
WHO Nepal – Tsering Dolkar Gurung, [email protected], +977 9801054040
OCHA Asia-Pacific – Pierre Peron, [email protected], +66 614200390