Nepal Earthquake Relief by the Numbers

The impact of Heart to Heart International’s relief operation in Nepal following the earthquake went beyond our medical team trekking into the mountains to treat earthquake survivors. Additionally, HHI provided a large amount of disaster supplies, medicine and materials to sustain relief efforts.  Here are the numbers…

Supplies arrive in Nepal

Several pallets of relief supplies, originating from HHI’s Operations Hub, arrive at a depot in Nepal for distribution.

 

The big cubes in the back of the truck (pictured above) are just a few of the 40 stacked and plastic-wrapped pallets of supplies that HHI shipped via a FedEx Airlift in response to the devastating Nepal earthquake.  This shipment was delivered to the relief organization Nazarene Compassionate Ministries for distribution.  In total this shipment contained just more than 15 tons of supplies.

Shipment breakdown:

3,768 HHI Care Kits and Johnson & Johnson Hygiene Kits (both types assembled by HHI volunteers)

3,600 water filters, each providing up to 208 gallons of clean water per day

Tents to provide shelter for at least 120 people, and 180 disaster blankets

500 bottles of Biaxin to provide more than 2,000 courses of anti-biotic treatments

Food shipment Nepal

Boxes of prepared meals – 142,560 in total – are loaded onto a truck in Nepal. The meals were provided by one of HHI’s partners Stop Hunger Now.

 

Part of this shipment included thousands of meals from the organization Stop Hunger Now.  At our Operations Hub, we bundled 142,560 of their nutritious, dehydrated meals into the shipment bound for Nepal.

Fast Food Fact

The amount of food in HHI’s relief shipment could provide 6,788 people with 3 meals a day for a week, or 1,697 people with 3 meals/day for a month.

 

WMI loading supplies

Water treatment systems from Water Missions International being loaded in Charleston, SC, bound first for HHI’s Operations Hub, then on to Nepal.

Because of our longstanding relationship with FedEx, we were in the position to help other aid agencies get their own relief supplies into Nepal.  For Samaritan’s Purse and Water Missions International, we shipped an additional 26,000 pounds of supplies, mostly systems and materials to provide clean water.

Breakdown:

Water Missions International – We shipped 12 complete water treatment systems for WMI, each providing up to 10,000 gallons of clean water per day.

Samaritan’s Purse – We moved 5,000 pounds of personal water filters, water storage bladders, collapsible jerry cans and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to Nepal for this organization.

IEHK Nepal Depot

A portion of the Interagency Emergency Health Kit for HHI’s medical team is staged in a depot after arriving from the Netherlands.

Fast Fact

The IEHK contains enough medicine and supplies to provide healthcare for up to 10,000 people for a period of three months.

As our medical team was enroute to Nepal, a large amount of medicine to treat a lot of people was on the way too.  The Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) is a prepackaged emergency medical kit we purchased from a medical supplier in the Netherlands to support our team’s work.  Once our team had completed its mission on the ground, we donated the remaining supplies of the IEHK to the International Medical Corps, an NGO that we’ve worked with for years, including in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic response.

And moving all of these supplies to the other side of the world for us – our partners at FedEx.  Here’s a great infograph put together at the height of the response, highlighting the large amount of aid ferried from one side of the globe to the other.

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Summing up the numbers – in the weeks following the Nepal Earthquake we shipped 87 pallets of medicine, disaster supplies and food.

HHI’s total to date –  29 tons of relief aid sent to help the people of Nepal.

 

HHI Ships 15 Tons of Relief Supplies to Nepal

While our medical team is in the mountains of Nepal treating survivors of the earthquake, our Operations Hub has been buzzing with activity as 15 tons of relief supplies have been gathered, stacked, pallet’ed and now picked up by FedEx for shipment to Nepal.

Watch the video to see our crew at The Hub in action!

 

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Nepal: A Father Seeks Help for His 8 Year Old Girl

When the earthquake shook the Himalayas, eight-year-old Pria’s home fell on top of her.   She survived, but her leg was badly injured.  Our team in Nepal had just finished seeing patients for the day when Pria’s father carried her up to our team, asking for help.

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Pria and her family live high in the Himalayas, higher up than where our medical team has been based in the village of Thampalchap.  Just to reach this location, it’s several hours by car and a couple more hours by foot from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.  This is a remote and rugged land.  Pria’s father had carried her on his back, hiking four hours to reach our team. 

IMG_2634Our team had also hiked to this location.  To reach this village, the team backpacked in, carrying everything needed to survive in the mountains and carrying all of the supplies needed to run medical clinics.

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As it happened, our medical team had already seen a few dozen patients this day and had finished when Pria arrived on her father’s back.  Our team took care of her, of course, seeing to her injured leg, providing the medical care she needed.

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IMG_2636Pria was just one of so many people we helped in Nepal following the earthquake.

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Nepal: Medical Team Heads Into Remote Mountain Region

Our response team in Nepal is currently en route to a remote district at the foot of the Himalayas.  It’s in the Sindupalchok region, an area hard hit by the earthquake, where medical care is desperately needed.  Dr. Gary Morsch, HHI founder, is on the team, and sent the following email before heading out.

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Dr. Gary Morsch: We’re loading up the three 4-wheel-drive vehicles right now.  I’ll send some photos when I can.  We’ll be wending our way through the Himalayas northwards towards Tibet and eastward toward the Mt. Everest region. After a long drive, the 7-person medical team will trek on up to an area called Thanpalkot.  This was the area HHI was assigned to, and the military has been trying to fly us to for the last two days.

We had told the officials a day ago that we would be willing to drive and trek to this area, and we began getting everything ready to do that.  At yesterday’s UN meeting, the WHO director told the gathered NGO leaders that the military would not be flying any more personnel, but were instead going to use their aircraft to deliver food and water.  I can certainly understand, since food and water are a higher level of need than medical care.

They used Heart to Heart International as an example of a group that was willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  He said he’s tired of hearing complaints from various groups complaining about their need for water, or food, or medical supplies, or transportation.  He said that if you can’t do what HHI is doing, and be completely self-sufficient, you should go home!

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So we’ve got two weeks of dehydrated food, water, water purification equipment, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, and hundreds of pounds of medicines and medical supplies, and they’re being loaded as I type this.  We will drive as far as the road goes, and then hire local Sherpa porters to help us carry our gear up the mountain to Thanpalkot.  They have sent one person from the local community of Thanpalkot who had come down to Kathmandu before the earthquake, and who will be our guide to lead us up the mountain.  Julie Hefner, our country director, and I have packed an overnight pack and depending on how long all this takes, may try to hike up the mountain with the team, and return the next day to the road, and then head back to Kathmandu.

We’ve also found a terrific translator.  He’s a Nepali-American officer in the U.S. Army who has taken an emergency leave and is volunteering full time with our group.  In addition to his translating, he’s now him in charge of our security.
Well, I need to go. Have a wonderful Sunday!  Thank you again, for all your support!

 

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Medical Supplies to Help Thousands en route to Nepal

A very large amount of medicine and supplies is on the way to Nepal for our medical team to use to treat survivors of the earthquake.

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Heart to Heart International is shipping an Interagency Emergency Health Kit – IEHK –  to our team on the ground in Nepal.  The IEHK was purchased from IMRES, a company based in the Netherlands, and is a prepackaged emergency medical kit with enough medicine and supplies to provide healthcare for up to 10,000 people for a period of three months. 

The IEHK for our Nepal Earthquake Relief is sponsored by FedEx, as well as our Medical Team’s mobile clinic equipment which will be arriving in Nepal shortly.  The IEHK is expected to arrive in Nepal Saturday, May 2, ready to be pulled off the pallets and delivered into the field.

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First Images from HHI Advance Team in Nepal

Our Advance Team has reached Nepal and is already at work coordinating our Nepal Earthquake Relief response, preparing the way for our Medical Team which will arrive soon.

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Because of the earthquake damage, internet communications are sporadic.  But our team was able to send back a few images of what it looks like on the ground in Nepal.

These pics are from the village of Kokona.  Dr. Gary Morsch tells us there were about 20 deaths from the earthquake here.  The village is essentially deserted, with those remaining sleeping outdoors due to the fear of more earthquakes.  There was another aftershock here, which our team felt.

Advance Team 2Passing by this alleyway, our team learned that five people had perished in the collapse of this home.

 

Advance Team 3Dr. Morsch explains the photo above: “Delivering rice to a village where we saw so much destruction.  The man in the Scout uniform is the village leader, and he asked for our medical team to come tomorrow.  That means Sue and me, until the full medical team arrives!”

Our medical team – two doctors, three nurses and a paramedic – are scheduled to arrive Friday in Nepal.

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Advance Team Departs for Nepal

Our advance team is on the way to Nepal.  They will lay the groundwork for our medical team to arrive two days later, ready to provide aid to the survivors of the Nepal Earthquake.

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Our Advance Team is a three-person team – a doctor, a nurse and another HHI staff member.  All three are departing from different points on the globe.  In these photos, Dr. Gary Morsch, founder of HHI, is seen departing from the Kansas City airport.  The team’s nurse, Sue Mangicaro, is leaving from New Jersey.  And Julie Hefner, just recently our Liberia country director, is flying out of Monrovia, Liberia – all three bound for Kathmandu, and the earthquake disaster zone.

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As he was departing from Kansas City, HHI’s hometown and HQ location, Dr. Morsch had the honor of hauling giant bags of supplies to check in for the flight, beyond his own personal gear.  This ‘luggage’ contains medical supplies, medicine and quite a bit of work and camping equipment – tents, sleeping bags and mats, gloves, water filtration and satellite phones – gear needed for a team to operate in a disaster zone.

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Our medical team is made up of two doctors and four nurses.  They are packing right now and will arrive two days behind the advance team, ready to hit the ground and begin providing medical care to earthquake survivors.

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photos by Peggy Breit & KMBC-TV9