Nepal is in Crisis
Just as we thought it was safe to travel to Nepal, the country plunged into a new Covid emergency following the crisis in India. International and domestic flights have been suspended until at least May 31st, schools are closed, and much of the country is in lockdown.
Since the first case was reported in Nepal on January 24, 2020, there have been over 600,000 confirmed cases, and the surge continues to accelerate.
A surge begain in mid-April 2021, and new cases skyrocketed by 1,200%, with the number of recorded infections doubling every three days and positivity reaching nearly 50%. Hospitals in Kathmandu and elsewhere are overwhelmed; health workers are becoming infected; beds and oxygen supplies are so scarce that people are gasping and dying in the hallways.
The primary driver of this surge is Nepal’s long porous border with India allowing Covid to flood into Nepal – bringing with it new and concerning variants. The surge is strongest in the Kathmandu Valley, but it has arrived everywhere in the country, from communities in the Terai to the Sherpas in the Khumbu, and remote areas where there is even less testing and access to emergency care.
We are receiving urgent requests from our partners for PPE, oxygen, and other critical supplies to get them through until Nepal gets enough vaccines to curb the surge. It is heartbreaking to be in the same – or worse – position as a year ago, but relief is badly needed. We’ll update this page with more information as we can.