Stamford, Conn. – May 20, 2015 – AmeriCares is delivering $13 million worth of medicine and supplies to Kathmandu this week to resupply damaged hospitals and clinics providing essential health services to earthquake survivors. The shipments include medicine to manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, as well as treatments for diarrheal and respiratory diseases. The emergency response and global health nonprofit also continues to provide surgery, trauma and wound care supplies, as well as pain relievers and antibiotics. The medicine and supplies, which are headed to health facilities in Bhaktapur, Dhading, Kathmandu, and Sindhupalchok, were approved by the World Health Organization and will be distributed in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population.
More aid shipments are planned in the coming weeks, including 6,000 tarps for families without shelter. AmeriCares expects to deliver more than $20 million in aid to Nepal by early June.
“The first three weeks of the crisis we concentrated on caring for the injured and rushing emergency aid to the mobile medical teams treating survivors in remote areas,” said AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “Now our focus is on the long term, ensuring that hospitals and clinics are able to meet all of the health needs in affected areas.”
The World Health Organization reports 306 health facilities nationwide have been destroyed, and 617 have been partially damaged. Going forward, AmeriCares plans to support the rehabilitation and rebuilding of medical facilities with a focus on re-establishing health services in Dhading and Sindhupalchok – two of the hardest hit districts. AmeriCares also continues to provide medicines, supplies and communications support to medical teams from NYC Medics treating survivors in Dhading.
AmeriCares has been aiding survivors of natural disasters, political conflict and extreme poverty around the world for more than 30 years, saving lives and restoring health and hope.