Nepal

An Action Against Hunger field worker screens a boy in Nepal for malnutrition.
Photo: Stéphane Remael for Action Against Hunger, Nepal
Population
28.5 million
Human Development Index
144 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
18 employees
Program Start
2005

People Helped in 2020: 63,248

48,826
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
10,033
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
4,389
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Nepal is a lower middle-income country, prone to natural disasters such as floods, landslides, and droughts, and deeply impacted by climate change. An estimated 20% of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and 4.6 million people were food insecure before the COVID-19 crisis. Lack of access to sanitation facilities affects 10.8 million people, and 3.5 million do not have access to basic water services. 

Nepal was severely affected by COVID-19 in 2020, as the pandemic and its control measures exacerbated the already vulnerable humanitarian situation, in particular because of a four-month lockdown. Almost 25% of Nepalese lost their jobs in 2020.

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In 2020, Action Against Hunger supported the government's Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition program in the districts of Nawalparasi West and Nawalparasi East, building capacity among 753 health workers and providing treatment to 397 children affected by severe acute malnutrition. We provided technical assistance to local government in two municipalities to help determine top priorities for strengthening the health system.

Our recovery intervention after the 2015 earthquake completed in 2020 with a water governance and sustainability project to strengthen water infrastructure, rehabilitate three new water supply systems and launch a water, sanitation, and hygiene intervention for babies.

Action Against Hunger responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in close coordination with local authorities and partners, providing personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies to all quarantine areas and health facilities. 

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