Mapping Schools and Hospitals

Status: Completed

Highlights: 2,900 education and health facilities mapped

Problem and Context
Nepal has five active thematic programs - called Flagships - aimed at disaster risk reduction and response. Flagship 1 focusses on school and hospital safety. 


Flagship 1 requires assessing vulnerability of school and hospital buildings as the first step. The government needs to know how many of these buildings need retrofitting so that it can plan its budget and timeline accordingly. This assessment has been hindered by the lack of map and exposure data of school and health facility buildings.

Our Contribution
We have mapped and collected exposure data at the individual building level for all academic institutions (2256 schools, colleges and universities) and majority of health facilities  (350 hospitals, health posts, polyclinics, etc.) in Kathmandu Valley. All these data are already available publicly on OpenStreetMap for free viewing and download. This open data provides a foundation for the assessment of risk associated with school and health facility buildings. 
Current Status
Complete for entire Kathmandu Valley. 

For the first time in Nepal, we have created an online map of all academic institutions and health facilities using this data.

This data is already serving as a foundation for an analysis that has sparked national conversation. Panel discussion during the National Symposium on School Safety held on January 13, 2014 was inspired by the results of the analysis of this data. While discussion about the safety of public school buildings has been going on for some time, this data enabled representatives of schools, parents, and policy-making bodies to sit together and openly discuss the safety of private school buildings for the first time in Nepal.

This discussion has been informed by the exposure data we collected and shared. Policy questions that were raised in the symposium will potentially impact the lives of thousands of children, their parents and quality of education. There is already a demand to expand this work beyond Kathmandu Valley.
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