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Over four years ago two major earthquakes devastated many lives in Nepal. Along with partners we’re helping thousands of women and men rebuild their homes and livelihoods, for a chance at a brighter and more secure future.
In 2015, following two massive earthquakes, the people of Nepal found themselves standing amid their crumbling houses. More than four years on, we are working with partners on a range of initiatives that are helping these communities rebuild their homes to be stronger and more resilient – so that they can look forward to a more secure future.
Health workers and scientists are up against the clock to put an end to malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) once and for all. For many years, the region has been the epicentre of antimalarial drug resistance – a phenomenon that is threatening to thwart malaria control efforts globally.
Cambodia’s northeast is home to many different ethnic groups and cultures. Its resource-rich and sparsely populated forests also attract many migrants from other parts of the country looking for means of livelihood.
The government of Laos has pledged to eliminate malaria by 2030, and the country seems to be on track. Since 2010, the disease has decreased by more than half. Volunteer malaria workers located in remote and difficult to access villages play an important role in the small landlocked country’s fight against malaria.
Sugarloaf Mountain, located on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, collapsed after days of torrential rain. The survivors of the disaster continue to rebuild.
Some 200 kilometres south-east of Yangon, a new healthcare centre is serving the township of Thaton in Mon state, Myanmar – home to around 275,000 residents. The Pawdaw Mu health centre is just one of 21 centres built with funding from mobile telecommunications operator, Ooredoo, to address dire health needs across the country.
Over the past decade, Haiti has been left devastated by a series of extreme weather events and natural disasters. In 2008, the country was hit by four hurricanes, killing 800 people and destroying agricultural land. Then, less than two years later, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the country’s capital. More than 220,000 people lost their lives and 1.5 million people were rendered homeless.
Behind every piece of equipment or service procured by UNOPS on behalf of our partners, are careful considerations about how these can positively impact the people and communities we serve – both now and in the future. Here are just a few examples.
For the health sector, dilapidated infrastructure means patients can’t access health clinics close to their homes, health clinics lose medical supplies that need refrigeration and medical professionals must fight to save lives in overcrowded or unsanitary conditions.
Amid mounds of garbage and pools of stagnant water, flies found their home, mosquitos made their breeding ground and rats scavenged. For the people living nearby, the situation was grim.
For too long, community health centres across rural Sierra Leone have been forced to operate with little access to power. Now, a forward-thinking project aims to strengthen energy infrastructure in these areas, improving essential services for over 300,000 residents.