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Two earthquakes hit Nepal on 25 April and 12 May 2015, killing an estimated 8,500 people and injuring another 20,000.

After the first 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams quickly arrived in the country and focused on reaching the people living in remote mountainous areas.

The earthquake’s epicentre was in Gorkha district, 80 kilometres west of Kathmandu.

Prior to the earthquakes, MSF had worked in Nepal between 2002 and 2009. 

Teams provided healthcare to people affected by the conflict between government forces and the Communist Party of Nepal which lasted from 1996 until 2006, and by the resurgence of violence that accompanied a chaotic peace process.

We worked where help was most needed, including in basic healthcare, reproductive healthcare and water and sanitation provision.

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