How Nepalese humanists are in the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic

  • post Type / Members and partners
  • Date / 27 May 2021

Since the beginning of the global health crisis, the Society for Humanism Nepal, a Member of Humanists International, has developed ingenious digital technologies (including a web portal and a mobile application) to assist the Nepali government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the most important strategies in the fight against the pandemic is to provide factual information and to keep the public educated on health concerns. Working hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the Society for Humanism Nepal developed and implemented an official web portal that keeps track of COVID-19 cases and an offline mobile application to provide reliable information on crucial health protocols to Nepali citizens.

As every breath counts, the Society for Humanism Nepal upgraded the web portal to show real-time bed capacity, intensive care unit, and ventilator availability in more than 193 COVID-19 dedicated hospitals throughout Nepal after seeing severe cases flood hospitals and oxygen cylinders run out quicker than they can be replenished.

Enhanced web portal showing real-time bed, ICU, and ventilator availability so that any person in an emergency knows which hospital to go to.

Uttam Niraula, Chief Executive of SOCH Nepal, commented:

SOCH Nepal has been at the forefront of the country’s pandemic response. We collaborated with the WHO and the Minister of Health to provide scientific information concerning COVID-19 and even developed a mobile application and web portal to assist the people and the government.

“Now, Nepal is going through the second wave of the pandemic and affected families are scrambling for hospital beds and oxygen supply amid the shortages. SOCH Nepal is also establishing a hotline service to provide ration for hungry people. We will continue to monitor the situation and help in any way we can, but we also call on for international solidarity. Nobody is safe unless everyone else is safe.”

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