Afghanistan Pakistan Earthquake


International Medical Corps responds in remote, hardest-hit areas

International Medical Corps' humanitarian response to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Afghanistan and Pakistan in late October continues. The onset of harsh winter weather conditions, including heavy rainfall and below freezing temperatures, increases the need for relief services such as warm blankets and clothing and clean water and sanitation. The mountainous terrain in the region is presenting a serious challenge to relief workers and many communities remain inaccessible due to earthquake-triggered landslides and poor and damages infrastructure. For example, International Medical Corps' response teams must walk almost 10 hours from the nearest road to reach remote communities in the eastern region of Nuristan, Afghanistan.


  • The magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit Afghanistan and Pakistan on October 26, 2015
  • 127,000 houses were damaged or destroyed
  • International Medical Corps has conducted nearly 15,000 emergency and routine medical consultations in both countries following the earthquake.


International Medical Corps is working closely with the governments of both nations in the emergency response effort. Our teams in Afghanistan are responding in some of the hardest-hit provinces including Nuristan, Takhar, Laghman, Badakhshan and Nangarhar. International Medical Corps is providing medical support to those injured in the earthquake at all of its 28 health clinics and 160 health posts in Nuristan. These health posts are operated by one female and one male community health worker who were previously trained by International Medical Corps. Currently, we are the only NGO providing psychosocial counseling to earthquake affected families in 4 of the 5 provinces where we are responding. Furthermore, we have distributed relief items and hygiene kits to over 4,100 people in need. We have also distributed cash assistance for emergency shelter needs and to repair earthquake-damaged homes, winterization assistance and tents as temporary shelter.

In Pakistan, teams consisting each of a doctor, paramedic, a dispenser and a psychosocial counselor are responding in Shangla District, one of the hardest-hit areas in Pakistan. Teams are treating patients at two facilities, providing health education sessions on hygiene, waterborne diseases and skin diseases, and addressing psychosocial needs. The main psychological issues presenting in Shangla are stress, fear and depression resulting from the loss of homes and livelihoods. Teams are also distributing and sourcing supplies including winter bedding, newborn kits, clean delivery kits and dignity kits for women.


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For 30 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.