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A Long-Term Need: Nepal Earthquake Relief

Most of the world is aware that just a little over a year ago a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated 1-15370971393_2098ab314d_o.jpgNepal, killing an estimated 8,000 people and potentially wounding tens of thousands more.

MAP International and many other NGO’s immediately responded to the critical need of the Nepalese people by providing medical aid, food, shelter and clean water.

Nine days out, the search-and-rescue efforts are near complete with a handful of very lucky people still being pulled from the rubble.  NDRF, India’s National Disaster Response Force, which had the largest presence on the ground, has now pulled out of Nepal.  Now we move into the recovery and rehabilitation phase.

Communities have to be rebuilt, health care infrastructure is pushed beyond capacity, food and water needs are ongoing.  The NGO community and world will be in Nepal to assist the Nepalese people for quite some time.  Nepal faces a tough long term recovery as the country continues to dig out in the wake of this natural disaster.  The UN estimates that roughly 8 million people were affected by this disaster.

Patients being treated in Nepal following the earthquake.  Photograph: International Medical Corps

Patients being treated in Nepal following the earthquake. Photograph: International Medical Corps

There’s a tendency to think that since the search-and-rescue efforts are coming to a close that relief efforts will slow, but the reality is that now the recovery begins.  Now we try and ensure that proper medicines and supplies are on the ground to help the medical teams dealing with the wounded and other medical issues that arise for natural disasters, prevention of cholera and other outbreaks are essential.

To meet the anticipated long-term need in Nepal, MAP is airlifting in 5 IEHK’s (Interagency Emergency Health Kits) that will treat 50,000 people for 90 days and is preparing 20ft shipping containers filled with essential medicines and supplies that will aid in long-term relief efforts.

The Facts:

  • 7.8 magnitude earthquake
  • Nearly 8,000 reported dead
  • Over 11,000 reported wounded
  • Airport has severe damage and logistics are difficult

MAP’s Response:

  • 30 MAP Medical Mission Packs, worth $330,000 arrived in Nepal with ACTS World Relief.  They can treat 6,000+ people.
  • Nine IEHK (Interagency Emergency Health Kit) were provided to our partners on the ground in Nepal. Each will treat 10,000 people for 90 days..
  • Six pallets of oral rehydration salts were airlifted in to combat dehydration.
  • Multiple container shipments antibiotics and other essential relief items for long term recovery were sent to MAP's partners on the ground.
  • MAP’s current medicines on the ground are being used at Sheer Adventist Hospital and Mobile Medical Clinics near the epicenter.
MAP medicines arrived in Nepal with ACTS World Relief on Wednesday following the quake.

MAP medicines arrived in Nepal with ACTS World Relief on Wednesday following the quake.

Topics: medical relief Relief earthquakes Nepal