During the height of the COVID-19 crisis in spring 2021, Nepal was overwhelmed by a second wave of the coronavirus, quickly running out of hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen reserves. Despite international travel restrictions, Embassy Nepal worked closely with the Department of Defense, USAID, and other government agencies to deliver breathing devices, personal protective equipment, and high-flow oxygen therapy devices to help save the lives of Nepali people. The equipment was received by U.S. Army Maj. Michael P. White (left), chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at Embassy Kathmandu, and Dr. Bhim Singh Tinkari (right) from the Ministry of Health and Population. As of May 2021, $50.9 million was the total amount of U.S. government assistance provided to Nepal to fight the virus.
Photo by Punya Prajapati