Mental Health and Emergencies: CBM Partners Meeting the Needs of their Communities

Nepal earthquake – Aarti

3 yr old Aarti and her grandmother

Aarti was not injured in the earthquake but the 3yr old, who has spina bifida, hasn’t smiled or played since.

Nepal Earthquake: Aarti (3) was admitted in CBM partner ‘Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children’ (HRDC) when the earthquake occurred on April 25, 2015. Her grandmother Dalatya carried her and ran out of the medical ward into the open area. Since then Aarti has been quiet and crying most of the time. Earlier, she was an active and cheerful child.

On 25th April 2015 at 11:41 local time a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicentre 81km northwest of Kathmandu. There were tremors of up to two minutes and by evening, at least 18 aftershocks had been felt. By 8pm local time more than 800 people were known to have died, with more than 2000 casualties.