A-PAD member from Bangladesh Dhaka Coomunity Hospital Trust's medical team deployed to Nepal after the earthquake and currently continues its medical assistance activities for affected people in 7 mountain villages in Kavrepalanchok District (Kavre) located 30km southeast of Kathmandu.
One month after April 25th that recorded the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, as the number of injured needing care gradually decreases, local residents who lost their homes continue to live outdoors and many, possibly because of anxiety for the future, complain about various physical symptoms such as headaches and high blood pressure and visit DCH Trust’s clinic or mobile clinic for those in villages with difficult access.
DCH Trust revisited its patients whom it has treated to check the condition of their injuries and state of healing. The patients received medicines and were on the road to recovery in a relieved state of condition. The need for medical assistance is still high and on some days the team sees more than 180 patients.
Through the mobile clinic, in addition to providing healthcare, the team also conducts demonstration on proper hand washing for children as well as distribution of water purification tablets. Moreover, when necessary they also make house calls to patients who are unable to take themselves to the clinic. A local female patient who received initial treatment by DCH Trust at the onset of the clinic’s establishment and is now recovering at home after receiving surgery for vertebral fractures at a hospital is steadily recuperating with the pain already gone from both her legs. She expresses her deep gratitude for the rapid initial response of the medical team.
DCH Trust commpleted medical assistance by June 15th through the emergency response funds from A-PAD while considering the possibility of mid-term assistance together with A-PAD Management Office and A-PAD Sri Lanka.
Nepal Earthquake Response: Food pack distribution for 500 families in a mountainous region
As Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD)'s secretariat, Civic Force and Peace Winds Japan’s joint mission, in parallel with medical support, continued to distribute relief goods on May 6th.
In order to efficiently deliver the ration packs, we collaborated beyond sectoral borders with the government, businesses and NGOs and cooperated with local volunteers as well as a Japanese company manufacturing goods in Nepal.
In Khubinde village located within Sindapalchowk district, it is believed that approximately 95% of the houses have been partially or completely destroyed. Following the distribution of 200 ration packs last May 2nd, the joint team loaded 9 vehicles with relief goods, and provided packs each containing 25 kilos of rice, 1 liter of cooking oil, 4 kilos of lentils, and 1 kilo of salt to 500 affected households.
Chihiro Taguchi, Manager for Nepal of Motherhouse, Ltd. (CEO Eriko Yamaguchi), which provided space for the repacking or relief goods, as well as prominent Nepalese social activist Susmita Maskey also supported our team in today’s distribution. Ms. Taniguchi says “It is the first time for me to collaborate with an NGO and participate in the distribution of relief goods. I was impressed at the fact that the goods were delivered to the affected through a number of steps.”
Through the support of many, we were able to provide relief to those in the remote areas. However, because of the severity of the damage last month’s earthquake has caused, there is still a huge number of people who require aid. One of the local resident who lost her daughter in law in the earthquake expressed sadly “My daughter in law was trapped under the rubble. My two grandchildren left are still young and they won’t understand that their mother has died. We have lost everything.”
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An extremely strong earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal on April 25 at approximately 11:56 local time. Buildings and infrastructure have received severe damage and as of April 27, the number of dead has risen to more than 3,200 with an additional 5,000 more injured.
As Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD)'s secretariat, Civic Force is taking the lead in fundraising and assisting the logistics of the operations from Japan. A-PAD and its sister organization Peace Winds Japan deployed an initial 12-member emergency response team with 2 search dogs on April 26th, Sunday. In Nepal, the team will formulate an appropriate response system from emergency to reconstruction in collaboration with its cooperating partner on the ground the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET).
A-PAD is a new-type trans-national disaster aid alliance that creates a national platform composed of businesses, NGOs and government agencies in each country, and where each national platform conduct mutual collaboration in times of disasters.
Each national platform has started to respond. Bangladesh National Platform representative Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCH Trust) will be sending a medical team for emergency treatment as soon as the Kathmandu airport reopens. They will also start a field hospital and conduct rapid medical need assessment. The medical team will consist of a trauma surgeon, nurse, and paramedics, and they will be accompanied by DCH Trust staff knowledgeable in DRR.
Indonesia National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction-PLANAS will also be deploying a number of its members from HFI, Dompet Dhuafa, PKPU, San Rumah Zakat and will be accompanied by BNPB (Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management) on April 28th, Tuesday.
Korea National Platform representative KDR (Korea Disaster Relief Association) and Philippine national platform representative Citizens’ Disaster Response Center have also appealed for donations in their countries.