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Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Most of its people depend on subsistence farming. Many rural households have little or no access to health care, education, safe water or toilets.

Since the 1990s, Australian Red Cross and Nepal Red Cross have worked together through humanitarian aid and development programs to help the country's most vulnerable populations. Our partnership has resulted in the country's first blood transfusion service, helped communities prepare for disasters and promoted better health in remote villages.

Community-based health and first aid

Reducing death, illness and disease is central to our work. Together, we have set up first aid services in communities across Nepal. Volunteers are being trained in first aid and health promotion. Local branches of Nepal Red Cross are also being supported to offer more services to their local communities.

Since first aid training has been completed, local volunteers are working to improve community health through awareness of hygiene and access to sanitation facilities. Vital equipment has also been provided to health clinics and local communities.

My second life
Red Cross volunteers trained in first aid saved Keshar Adhikari's life. Find out how.

Access to clean water, toilets and improved hygiene

Red Cross is helping around 27,000 people through five village development committees in Bajhang District. Up to half of these people are extremely poor and 10-15 per cent are living with a disability.

Working in remote western areas of the country, Red Cross is supporting the rehabilitation of existing clean water systems. We are also helping people understand the connection between sanitation and health, including building and using toilets and washing hands to prevent the spread of disease.

Our work in Nepal is part of a four-year program supported by the Australian Government with funding to Red Cross work in Lesotho, Bangladesh and Nepal.