On 25 April 2015, an Earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 hit the Himalayan nation of Nepal and parts of Tibet. This was the most violent natural disaster to occur in the region since 1934. Current reports say that 8 Million people, more than a quarter of the country’s population have been affected by this devastation. The disaster killed more than 6,300 people and twice as many are injured. In many parts of Nepal, hundreds of buildings have been destroyed and people have been made homeless. In the aftermath of this earthquake, there’s shortage of water, food and electricity and there are fears for outbreaks of diseases.
We at Himalayan Health Initiative are putting our efforts together to send as much help as possible to support the people of Nepal in this time of need. Working closely with ANPA, the Association of Nepalese Physicians in America and our local liaison in Kathmandu, we have already started distributing food and water in Nepal. One of our team doctors, Dr. Rekha Hamal is already on the field in Nepal helping with the efforts and Dr. Sunita Aryal will be on her way to Kathmandu shortly.