Emergency and humanitarian action

Medical Camp kits provide essential services in remote Nepal town

WHO/Michael Vurens van Es

The green mountains of Nepal’s Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts are punctuated by clusters of orange, blue and yellow tarpaulins, while mounds of nearby mud-brick debris mark the tragic consequences of Nepal’s 25 April and 12 May earthquakes.

Around 80 percent of health care facilities have succumbed to the quakes’ ravages in the two districts northeast of the Kathmandu valley, leaving gaps in the health care system that threatened to outlast the emergency phase.

To restore primary health care services in each of the districts, as well as the 12 other most affected, WHO continues to roll out Medical Camp Kits (MCKs) that will provide critical services to outlying areas over the next six months.

While delivering an MCK to Khopachagu, a remote town in Dolakha’s west, WHO logistics specialist Aziz Adkhamov reiterates the need to move efficiently and address the specific health needs of communities. “We are continuing to deploy the MCKs. The positioning of the MCKs matches the previous health-seeking behavior of communities, and each kit is being tailored to meet the areas’ requirements,” he says.

WHO-procured Medical Camp Kits will be operational until at least the end of the monsoon, providing the opportunity for more permanent structures to be built. In the meantime, WHO continues to support Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population in planning the country’s long-term health system recovery.