Nepal earthquake one year: making women and women demand centers.
I was traveling along a dirt road in sindh province with my colleagues and government officials. We are moving toward safe families, providing domestic and sexual violence to women survivors. The car shook violently and some people ran wildly. In a small village, we soon realized the state of panic and fear. We canceled the rest of the plan, went back to Kathmandu, and began organizing responses to the devastating earthquake.
As we approach our first anniversary, it’s time to learn from our experience.
The face of the strong
In the past year, we have met many people, and we are honored to support them and appreciate their resilience in the face of adversity. These include Rachana Khadka (22) of Okhaldhunga, Sarita Tamang of Gorkha (26), Janak BK of Sindhuli (24), Ishwori Dangol of Nuwakot (31), Shreejana BK of Rasuwa (17), Sabina del Tamang (18), sindhupalsichowk (31). It takes a lot of strength to stay strong in the face of adversity.
Surita was nine months pregnant when the quake struck and her house collapsed near the epicenter. Her brother-in-law managed to pull her out of the rubble. When we arrived at her village team, provide a garment, sanitary towel, soap and other health supplies as well as the dignity of the torch light suite, help them to meet women, she and her baby’s health and health demand, two daughters and two other families. One of my colleagues remembers that she initially said she didn’t want to live, but slowly learned to continue.
She ran away when her house fell down. Her sister married when she was 13 and has been caring for her elderly parents in many villages in Nepal. For years, she had been living with small, incurable abdominal pain. After the disaster, she visited the closest to home Phulbari reproductive health (RH) of the camp, and coordinate with the government and with the support of population fund, the most affected in 132 camp 14 areas in the organization.
Camp doctors introduced her to a uterine myoma in Kathmandu. Her father sold two sheep and financed some of her treatment. A few weeks later, she had a successful hysteromyoma resection. Before leaving Kathmandu, lagana proudly told us that she was mentally and emotionally resilient and determined to continue her life.
Ishwori wasn’t just an earthquake survivor. In the seven months since the disaster struck Nepal, she not only shaved but also lost her son (7). Ishwori and her husband stood firm in the pain of losing their son. They share pain, tragedy and despair with their neighbors. She spent a month worrying about the last month, but at the same time she saw a glimmer of hope. Like Rachana, she visited an RH camp in her village and sent her to the hospital for a caesarean section to give birth to a terrible baby.
Janak is a member of many young people who work tirelessly in hindley to support earthquake survivors through volunteer work and any resources they can gather. Shreejana, Sabina, Sita and many others who seek refuge and support ina female-friendly space are ina state of mental decline despite their grief. As they deal with personal loss, they begin to rebuild the process and find the strength to live on. What impressed me most was that shortly after the earthquake, Nepal became a united family. In the course of these months, nepalis have shown incredible strength in reconstruction.
The response of governments, international and national societies underscores the importance of ensuring coordinated and integrated responses, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender violence (GBV) services. These are maternity services and new mothers, like Sabina, sarita, Ishwori and Shreejana. More women and girls have access to information and services to protect them from all forms of violence. Launch dignity packs to meet the health and health needs of women of child-bearing age. Gender violence and reproductive health is one of the important government leaders, the two groups population fund can joint leadership and support consistent countermeasure, and from the intervention of the international and national partners, proprietary technologies and tools.
Timely cooperation between governments and development partners has paved the way for successful promotion of life-saving SRH and GBV interventions to ensure that these needs are met, indicating that the worst-hit areas are not forgotten. Across the country, the gender violence and sexual and reproductive health service need, but there is gap, need to continue to advocate the priority will be incorporated into, in order to meet the special needs of women and girls.
When a country is hit by a natural disaster of this magnitude, women and girls bear a disproportionate burden. Without the usual protection of families and communities, they are often victims of sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. They still have the right to decide whether and when to conceive, give birth safely, acquire knowledge and protect the environment from harassment and violence.
These needs are rarely met when women and adolescents are separated from family lifelines and health systems. If you don’t deal with these problems in an emergency, they can have devastating consequences for the rest of their lives.
Any humanitarian response must go beyond providing food and shelter. Reproductive health, including family planning and safe motherhood, and the prevention and response to sexual violence remain a priority issue. We must protect the dignity of women and girls and enable them to play a role in rebuilding their lives and communities and in restoring their health and well-being. By taking care of women and women, you can also help protect your children. As the country slowly rebuilds, we need a Nepal where every pregnancy is desirable, every birth is safe and every young person’s potential is met.