UN Launches COVID Response Plan For Vulnerable Nepalis

The United Nations and partners on Friday launched the Nepal COVID-19 Response Plan calling for US$ 83.7 million to mobilise an emergency response over the next three months to assist 750,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic.
The plan was endorsed by the Nepal Humanitarian Country Team and the Government of Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre and lays out critical areas of support required to complement the Government of Nepal’s response efforts, according to a statement issued of United Nations, Nepal Office.
UN Resident Coordinator Sara Beysolow Nyanti said, “The current outbreak is having a devastating impact not just on health but across all sectors, hitting the poorest and most marginalised people in Nepali society the hardest.”
“The COVID-19 Response Plan that we are launching today calls for swift action and international solidarity that is desperately needed to save lives and prevent unnecessary suffering today, tomorrow, and in the difficult weeks to come. We have no time to lose,” she added.
Cases in Nepal began to increase rapidly in mid-April, rising from 150 cases per day in early April to over 8,000 cases per day since 5 May.
Over 44 per cent of COVID-19 tests nationally are coming back positive, suggesting that case numbers are much higher than reported.
Dr. Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, WHO Representative to Nepal, said, “The recent surge in cases has resulted in an unprecedented need for medical supplies including oxygen, medicines, ventilators, diagnostic kits and vaccines.”
While WHO and partners were supporting the government’s endeavours in mounting a robust response, fighting the pandemic necessitates international solidarity, said Pandav.
“I appeal to friends of Nepal from around the world to come forward and help with fulfilling the needs of the hour.”
The Nepal COVID-19 Response Plan brings together the priority response activities as set out by the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP) to address both the health and humanitarian consequences of COVID-19.
Elke Wisch, UNICEF Representative for Nepal, said, “Nepal is experiencing an alarming new COVID-19 surge, with a steep rise in cases that has overwhelmed Nepal’s fragile health system.
As we respond to the immediate health crisis to help save lives, we cannot forget the devastating broader impact the current COVID-19 surge has on children and young people in Nepal.”
“They are being cut off from vital support networks, losing parents and caregivers, and witnessing scenes no child should ever see.
We must come together, nationally and internationally, if we are to prevent interrupted childhoods in Nepal from being lost for good,” said Wisch.