Emergency and humanitarian action

Building Medical Camp Kits

Ram Chandra KC
Photo: WHO/M. Vurens van Es

For Ram Chandra KC, Nepal’s 25 April and 12 May earthquakes affected both his property and livelihood.

KC’s fertilizer warehouse, which also doubles as his home, was damaged beyond repair in the magnitude 7.8 and 7.3 quakes. The resident of Gajuri, a small town in Dhading district just off the mid-hill Prithvi Highway, now sleeps under a tarpaulin in a space adjacent to the quake-ravaged building.

Despite his own misfortune, KC was pleased to be given the opportunity to help his community by allowing a WHO-procured Medical Camp Kit (MCK) to be set up on his land, which is directly opposite the town’s damaged primary health care facility.

“It’s important for a medical tent to be set up as it’s for the public’s sake. The old health centre is not safe,” he said. In the past week, 36 MCKs have been deployed by WHO in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population and other health partners to replace primary health centres damaged in the country’s recent disasters.

Gajuri’s MCK is planned to be operational for around six months, and is likely to receive between 60 and 80 patients per day. As a result of KC’s generosity, upwards of 40 000 people can now access a facility at a location that reflects their previous health-seeking behaviour.