An overlooked part of the Nepal quake response: Mental health

Villagers from Singla sleep in tents after a massive earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Some Nepalese who still live in makeshift shelters are too scared to sleep indoors. Photo by: Asian Development Bank / CC BY

It is just over two months since the first earthquake hit Nepal, which killed almost 9,000 people and demolished more than 500,000 homes.

Thousands of aid workers descended on the poor, landlocked country before yet another earthquake hit and shook the Nepalese again to the bone. Experts, wary that survivors would be traumatized, warned of an impending mental health disaster if people’s needs were not met.

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    Sophie Cousins

    Sophie Cousins a Devex Contributor based in South Asia. She is a health journalist focused on women and girls. She was previously based between Lebanon and Iraq, focusing on refugee health and conflict. She writes for international medical journals, including The Lancet, and for international news websites such as the Guardian.

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