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Response and Rebuilding Health Systems in Nepal


June 23, 2015

Author: Josh Nesbit

Updated as of June 23rd, 2015

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake and a series of powerful aftershocks have struck Nepal near its capital city, Kathmandu. Thankfully, all of our teammates in our office in Nepal are safe.

Looking to use our tools or partner with our team? Contact Jacqueline Edwards, our Director of Partnerships, at jacqueline@medicmobile.org.

Active Efforts in Nepal

Medic Mobile builds mobile and web tools to help health workers reach everyone. In the wake of the Nepal disaster, our team in Kathmandu and around the world has come together to configure our tools to support relief efforts:

1. Our team has begun deployment of Medic Mobile for Disease Outbreak Surveillance in Dhading district, one of the most heavily impacted communities outside of Kathmandu. We are deploying Medic Mobile to all 53 health facilities in the area.

2. In Kathmandu Valley, we are deploying a hospital surveillance system in partnership with the WHO and Ministry of Health. We are also working with WaterAid to deploy Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) tracking system for their local partners working in impacted districts.

3. We created mobile and web applications to support the Ministry of Health and Population and and the Health Clusters for daily situation reports. These tools can gather and analyze data from from thousands of contacts using their own devices, including smartphones, basic phones, and computers. This toolkit could be repurposed for use by other clusters and organizations, saving time and effort.

4. We are distributing phones, solar panels, and communications tools to Chief District Officers and partner organizations in need. We will also be making our self-service software toolkit available to organizations delivering essential services. This will allow organizations to create offline communication hubs, support community contacts and families, and improve delivery systems.

5. We are supporting organizations with antenatal care coordination, childhood immunization coordination, disease surveillance, stock monitoring, general communication, and service reporting.

You can help

Our partners and friends working on the ground need help. Here's a list of vetted organizations recommended by our team in Kathmandu. Thank you for your thoughts and support.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat's disaster response teams are coordinating response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners, and will be assembling emergency shelter kits. Jay Evans, our Asia Regional Director located in Kathmandu, recommends Habitat for Humanity as a huge source of support for relief efforts in the area.

One Heart World-Wide
Among the districts most affected by the earthquake are two of One Heart World-Wide's program areas, Dhading and Sindhupalchok. In Dhading, the death toll is currently at 400 and in Sindhupalchok, at almost at 900. Wounded people are lying in the open along with the rest of the population for fear of potential aftershocks. We have received reports that 75% of the health facilities in Dhading have been destroyed and over 90% sustained heavy damages. The Government of Nepal has officially requested our assistance. If you would like to help, please donate now.

NFCC has been partnering with the Nepali government for almost 30 years. Through this partnership and with its staff on the ground in Kathmandu, NFCC has the capacity to access the ongoing situation and provide the goods and services that are most needed! Already, our team has determined that the following items must be delivered immediately: Bandages, anti-septic creams, alcohol pads, anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, plastic bags, sanitary napkins, and water-purification tablets.

Save the Children
Save the Children is in need of donations to support our disaster response efforts. Your support will help us protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families. Donations will go to the Nepal Earthquake Children's Relief Fund will support our disaster response to this emergency.

Nearly 1 million children require humanitarian assistance, and UNICEF is on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families. When it comes to emergency and disaster relief, UNICEF is there for children—before, during and after a crisis.

America Nepal Medical Foundation - ANMF & Possible
Our partner Possible is working with the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF) to raise funds for relief efforts immediately. ANMF is a US based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization working in Nepal since 1997. All the money raised (beside the processing fees) will be donated to local organizations like Red-Cross, MSF and other relief agencies on the ground in Nepal.

World Vision
After search and rescue, World Vision disaster management staff say initial needs are potable water, food, household supplies, temporary shelter and protection for children. Hospitals have reportedly run out of wound management kits in Kathmandu. To donate to World Vision's emergency response in Nepal, text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10, visit www.worldvision.org, or call 1-888-562-4453 (1-888-56-CHILD).

Medic Mobile
We're working fast to reach everyone but we need your help. Donate to Medic Mobile and include in the donation "for Nepal" and we'll make sure your donation goes to our team in Kathmandu.

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