A survey study on the role of Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) in Nepal, during and following the 2015 earthquakes

A. Horton, R. C. Silwal, P. Simkhada

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Abstract

Community Health Workers (CHWs) perform a number of different roles in public and primary health, globally. This paper explores response efforts of CHWs in disasters, using the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal as a specific case study. A survey was carried out in the Dhading District of Nepal, in collaboration with Green Tara Nepal through their Post-Disaster Health Promotion Project between March and April 2018. Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) present and enrolled as a FCHV during the 2015 earthquakes, in the Dhading District were included in the study. 55 participants completed the survey questionnaire. All 55 participants reported that they provided at least one type of assistance during the earthquakes of 2015. An important finding is that 94% of participants believe further training in emergency response and preparedness would be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101583
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Volume48
Early online date31 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

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