Earthquake Response Activities
Since Nepal was struck by two massive earthquakes that caused the widespread loss of life, injuries, and destruction, Direct Relief has responded as fast and expansively as possible to help survivors overcome the enormous challenges that exist, and help prevent the earthquakes’ tragic effects from claiming additional lives.
Emergency Medical Resources
To date, Direct Relief has delivered 374,786 lbs. of requested emergency medicines and medical supplies with a wholesale value of $46 million to health facilities throughout the country’s earthquake-affected regions, much of which was was transported to Nepal aboard humanitarian charter flights generously donated by FedEx.
The National Drug Administrator, Director of International Partnership for the MoHP, and Director of the Department of Health Services Logistics Management Division have all helped to fast-track Direct Relief donations through customs, and to assist with the secure storage and distribution of these medical resources. And, due to the difficult topographical environment of the affected areas, both trucks and helicopters are being used for deliveries.
Facilities and organizations that received the donated medical are detailed on this response map.
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Emphasizing the need for medical relief services, a June 10 report issued by Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population noted that 375 of the 446 public health facilities and 16 private facilities in Nepal’s hardest hit regions were destroyed, with the highest near-term priority being the resumption of health services, including the provision of logistics to provide drugs and supplies, to care for both injured persons and the general population. As monsoon season raises the risk of waterborne and communicable, Direct Relief will continue its efforts in Nepal through close consultation with the Ministry of Health and Population and locally-run institutions.
It is thanks to the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporate partners that Direct Relief is able to deliver critically needed medical products to assist thousands of earthquake survivors. Without their generosity, this effort would not be possible.