Flagship 1

  • According to a GeoHazards study (2001), a school child in Kathmandu is 400 times more likely to die in an earthquake than a school child in Kobe, Japan. Led by the Ministry of Education and Asian Development Bank, the NRRC Flagship 1 focuses on ensuring the structural resiliency and operational capacity of schools to protect children and the wider community from the impact of natural disasters. Safe schools are critical, not only for children who rely on these structures to learn and develop, but also for society as schools are the doorway to development and social cohesion.
  • According to a 2001 assessment, a major earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley would result in only 10% functionality of hospitals, which will threaten the response to immediate needs, sustainable recovery efforts and health driven development. Led by the Ministry of Health and Population and the World Health Organization, the NRRC Flagship 1 will ensure that hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley will structurally survive a major earthquake and have the capacity to operate after a disaster to save lives, treat the injured and support recovery
  • Structural and non-structural vulnerability assessments of hospitals and over 900 schools buildings in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Physical retrofitting and strengthening of schools and hospitals
  • Awareness raising and training whereby health practitioners, engineers teachers, children, parents and the wider community gain knowledge of disaster risk management
  • This flagship has the ambitious aim to ensure that over 900 school buildings in 643 schools in the Kathmandu Valley are safe from natural disasters, with support to 100 schools in East Nepal that were affected by the September 2011 earthquake. The work completed under this Flagship will show what safe schools look like and provide momentum for achieving disaster resilient schools throughout Nepal.
  • To undertake a seismic vulnerability survey of major hospitals in 2012. This will identify prioritiy hospitals for structural surveys and retrofitting design. A donor conference will be held in mid-2013 to identify funding for major structural retrofitting programmes in 10 hospitals. This will ensure that key hospitals are structurally resilient to a natural disaster and remain fully functional for post-disaster needs and recovery.
Our partners include: : MoPPW, DUDBC, NSET, Oxfam, Merlin, Handicap International, DFID, DIPECHO (Save the Children, Practical Action, Care, WHO, UNDP) NSET, World Bank, ActionAid, and more!

Contact Person

School Safety:
Shreejana Rajbhandari
Asian Development Bank
Smita Gyawali
Asian Development Bank
Hospital Safety
Damodar Adhikari
World Health Organization