Current Situation in Nepal
The Nepali government recently removed lockdown and prohibitory orders. The number of new COVID-19 cases has steadily increased each day. On October 10th, the nation of 28 million people had a record 5,000 new cases. Since Oct 10th, between 2,000 and 5,000 new cases have been reported daily.
The pandemic’s epicenter, with over 60% of the country’s active cases, is the Kathmandu valley, Nepal’s largest metropolitan area. With cases on the rise, hospitals are struggling to provide essential services. Many health workers test positive each day, leading to a new scarcity of health workers. Many hospitals also lack sufficient PPE for health workers and ventilators for critical conditions.
Thankfully, COVID-19 cases have decreased in most of the areas where PHASE works. However, now that transportation services have resumed and festival season is approaching, the chances of virus outbreaks are high. PHASE is addressing this risk and the pandemic’s impacts through integrated services: Healthcare, Education, and Economic Livelihoods.