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EAPN Newsletter – May 2015 — Special Focus
Nepal Earthquake: Practitioner Network members’ Contributions to the Humanitarian Relief Operations
On April 25, Nepal was struck by its strongest earthquake in 80 years. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake was followed by several aftershocks and a second earthquake on April 12. A number of Practitioner Network members have been addressing the many serious energy issues faced around the country.
Access to energy is a crucial need in humanitarian crises like the Nepal earthquake. Lighting can improve safety and living conditions, and reliable electricity ensures that surgeons can perform emergency surgery after dark, health centers are able to store vaccines and blood, and children retain the ability to study in the evening. Fuel-efficient cookstoves and cleaner fuels can improve respiratory health, help protect women from the dangers faced when collecting firewood from unsafe locations, and enhance nutrition by ensuring families don’t have to exchange half their food ration for cooking fuel.
Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) is a multi-stakeholder initiative formed by UNHCR, working to address the energy needs of displaced and crisis-affected populations worldwide. The Energy Access Practitioner Network is a Steering Committee member of SAFE. The SAFE Global Interagency Working Group promotes safe and sustainable energy-related activities, interventions, and services for the world’s most vulnerable people in some of the world’s most fragile environments. SAFE is collating the efforts of its members and partners – including Practitioner Network members featured in this newsletter – around the Nepal earthquake relief efforts on a special webpage.
For further information on the work of individual Practitioner Network members, please see our Member News, here >>