Three weeks, two earthquakes. More than 8,000 deaths and 17,000 injuries. Nearly 3 million displaced and more than 4 million people affected.
Nepal was brought tumbling down through a series of disasters beyond its control. The collapse of buildings may have ceased -- for now -- but the lives of Nepal's residents remain at risk with the deluge of health consequences now facing them.
"The first priority is immediate medical services for trauma care, surgeries and wounds [such as] broken bones, spinal injuries and head injuries," says Jesse Hartness, director of Emergency Health and Nutrition at Save the Children, whose Nepal-based staff were at the scene the day after the earthquake hit on April 25.
But this crucial starting point was made difficult by teams finding 90% of remote health facilities destroyed. "[Risk of] mortality increases within the first 24 hours if people aren't treated immediately," says Hartness.
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