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Thus, the lack of diagnostic tests (antigen and PCR) reduces the ability to detect potential cases, especially in border areas, where the need is high. In addition, every year, devastating floods triggered by continuous rainfall cut off roads and entire villages from the outside world and disrupt transportation and communication networks. The impact of rain, landslide, and flood is getting more apparent across the country, already affecting inner villages and health facilities.
Our teams intervene in health centers and among local communities. Since March 2020, Action Against Hunger has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal through a multi-sectoral response, including health and nutrition, food security, and access to safe water in East and West Nawalparasi, where access to the population is still possible. However, the situation remains very fragile and can deteriorate at any time. Therefore, there is an urgent need to expand the humanitarian response to support the local health system and protect the population.
Action Against Hunger’s intervention in Nepal started in 2005 with a focus on addressing the health and nutrition needs of the conflict-affected population. The 2015 massive earthquake in Nepal led to scaling up of the work in the country to 5 of the 14 most affected districts. Today, Action Against Hunger implements multiple programs to treat and prevent all forms of undernutrition.