Earthquake Relief Delivered to Nepal:
118, 771 lbs. of medical materials from Direct Relief, Heart to Heart, and Water Missions International were airlifted by FedEx to Nepal via two charters. The first 60,000 lbs. arrived on Sunday morning 0915. Direct Relief staff were on hand to meet the plane. The second plane arrived Monday evening 1945 local time. Both flights were offloaded by US military personnel.
(NOTE: Defined Daily Dose (DDD) is a standard unit of drug utilization maintained by the World Health Organization. The DDD measures the recommended maintenance dosage of a drug for its’ primary indication in an adult for one day.)
- 118,771 pounds, 165 skids, $14,801,378.00 value, 6.2 million defined daily doses (DDD) of medications, which include:
- 40,000 DDD of antibiotics that include amoxicillin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, ceftriaxone, cephalexin, doxycycline, gentamicin, and levofloxacin
- 15,000 DDD of cardiac medication such as enalapril and nifedipine that reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by treating high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and other heart problems
- 220,000 DDD of analgesics such as acetaminophen, celecoxib and propofol
- 28,000 DDD of esomeprazole and lansoprazole to help prevent stomach problems caused by pain medicine
- More than 2 million DDD of glipizide to treat type 2 diabetes
Medical Aid Enroute from India
In response to a direct request from the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population and their Emergency Operations Center, Direct Relief purchased US$260,000 worth of materials in India through Doctors for You. The supplies were then sent from Delhi to Kathmandu.
- 5 Digital Xrays (Siemens)
- 5 Ventilators (Drager)
- Implants and Orthopedic supplies equipment
- Medicines and medical supplies
The medication/supply items were flown free of charge on Jet Airways from Delhi to Katmandu and arrived on Saturday, May 9th at 0850. The larger equipment items and orthopedic supplies were trucked overland from Delhi to Katmandu via three trucks and arrived in to Katmandu on the evening of May 9th.
Safe Birth Kits for One Heart Worldwide
Direct Relief has procured 1,500 safe birth kits ($7,000) from a company in India. These will be trucked to One Heart from India next week. Another 10,000 kits will be available in the next two weeks. One Heart estimates there will be 16,000-20,000 deliveries in two of the hardest hit districts – Sindhupalchok and Dhading – where they work.