Update on Himalayan HealthCare's Earthquake Relief Efforts

Update on Himalayan HealthCare's Earthquake Relief Efforts
The recent earthquake in Nepal has taken thousands of lives and devastated entire villages. Learn more about Himalayan HealthCare's emergency relief efforts and how you can help.
 
Friday, June 3, 2016
 
Himalayan HealthCare has completed seismic strengthening and repair work on the Bhumisthan Health Post in Dhading District and has handed the building over to the Health Post Committee in the presence of officials from the Dhading District Health Office and AmeriCares.
 
Himalayan HealthCare and AmeriCares are collaborating on the repair and reconstruction of eight Dhading area health posts, including Bhumisthan, and the District Hospital. Our staff has been hard at work across Dhading District, clearing debris, gathering and transporting materials, preparing the site grounds and laying the foundations for permanent health posts.
 
With no road access and at altitudes of nearly 14,000 feet, this is no small feat. Stone boulders from the hills of the Himalayas must be broken down for use in the foundation and walls of the health posts, and all building materials, including the stones, metal posts, trusses for roofing and other materials, must be carried to the construction site on foot. Volunteers from the local communities will be assisting with transportation of construction materials, while mules are being used to carry in sand.
 
Soil must be prepped for the foundation, concrete must be mixed and slabs fitted into the ground where metal posts will then be installed. Next will come the addition of the siding and trusses for the roof. We hope most of the work can be completed before the heavy rains of monsoon season begin and will continue to update you as our work progresses.
 
Boulders are broken up from the hill side of the Himalayas
 
 
Building materials are carried to construction sites on foot
 
 
Construction of the Tipling Health Post in Northern Dhading
 
 
Himalayan HealthCare hands over the completed Bhumisthan Health Post
 
 
Monday, April 25, 2016
 
It has been one year since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. Please read a message from our founder, Anil Parajuli, and the one-year update on our relief and recovery efforts.
 
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
 
HHC has made our audited financial statements for HHC Nepal's 2015 fiscal year publicly available. To access the report, please click here.
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
 
With generous support from Brother's Brother Foundation, HHC has helped 242 households in northern Dhading replace livestock that was lost as a result of last year's earthquake. Nepal's Minister of Livestock Shanta Manawi visited Sherthung recently to help HHC distribute support for farmers.
 
Nepal's Minister of Livestock joins HHC's livestock replenishment program in Sherthung
 
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
 
HHC treated a total of 96 patients at our Bagdol clinic during the month of February. Patients have been treated for a range of issues, including fever, chest pain, dizziness and flu symptoms.
 
HHC Nepal staff Man Bahadur has completed training in artificial insemination for livestock. Mr. Bahadur will be visiting every cattle shed in Tipling, Shertung and Lapa with the goal of improving northern Dhading's livestock to produce more milk and to become more adaptive, thereby reducing the occurrence of disease. It will be the first artificial insemination program undertaken in northern Dhading.
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2016
 
HHC is continuing to treat patients at our Bagdol clinic, held three times per week. From January through the first week in February, HHC treated 104 patients.
 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
 
HHC is pleased to report that our community members have completed more than 70 kilometers of road and trail construction in northern Dhading. For the first time, Shertung, Ree Gau, Jharlang and Tipling are accessible by roads. The work was carried out by roughly 7,000 households in the area in exchange for food relief provided by the World Food Programme under its "Food for Assets" program.
 
This achievement will significantly improve earthquake relief efforts as locals will not be reliant on costly helicopters or outside organizations for supplies. In addition, we anticipate road access to have a major impact on the development prospects for the area.
 
We are extremely proud of the communities we serve and our dedicated field staff and grateful for the support provided by WFP since the earthquake.
 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
 
HHC is disappointed to announce the cancellation of our Spring 2016 medical and dental trek in Nepal. The ongoing embargo imposed by India has caused food and fuel shortages which, combined with soaring inflation, have made the logistics of organizing the trek impossible. Our Fall 2016 trek is planned for September 18 to October 4.
 
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
 
HHC has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nepal's Department of Education for the reconstruction of 20 permanent school buildings in Sherthung, Lapa and Tipling in Dhading District. Under the master plan developed by HHC, these primary and secondary schools will be rebuilt to higher standards than they were prior to the quake to include separate toilets for boys and girls, water supply, a library and other facilities. Construction and design will consider the ideal learning environment for students and, over the longer-term, HHC will provide teacher training and curriculum enhancement to integrate critical thinking and other important skills sets.
 
The schools built by HHC will serve hundreds of students per year, many of which will be the first in their families to attain formal education.
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
 
HHC treated 77 patients at its Bagdol clinic this November. The clinic has been held three times per week in Kathmandu's Bagdol district since the earthquake struck in April.
 
Friday, November 20, 2015
 
HHC is supporting programs to bring clean water to schools and oppressed communities--known as Dalit--in northern Dhading. A majority of the metal pots traditionally used to collect and distribute water were broken in the earthquake and therefore unfit to carry water in a hygienic way. Working with these communities, HHC has distributed water filter bags and sanitation kits to 540 Dalit people in Sherthung, Tipling and Lapa and an additional 269 people in Sherthung.
 
HHC also distributed 35 water filter bags to four schools in Sherthung, benefiting 635 students and teachers. In addition to the health and hygiene benefits, the process of understanding and demonstrating the bag's function has been a valuable learning experience for the students.
 
The water filter bags and sanitation kits were provided by AmeriCares.
 
 
 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
 
Our Bagdol clinic served 177 patients from September through the first week in November. Patients have been treated for a variety of conditions, including flu symptoms, topical rashes, hypothyroid conditions, dental issues and mental health concerns. The ongoing need in Nepal for care for a variety of health issues, both chronic and acute, is clear.
 
Clinic activity in Bagdol
 
With our team of local doctors, lab technicians and volunteers, HHC has treated more than 1,000 patients in Kathmandu since the earthquake struck at clinics held three times per week in Bagdol Lalitpur.
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
 
HHC is developing a master plan to build and furnish 30 schools in northern Dhading using local volunteers and in-kind labor. Each school will have 10 to 12 classrooms to educate 300 to 500 students up to 10th grade. Construction sites, materials and processes will be chosen in consultation with a social architect and other actors to ensure classrooms are built to minimize injuries in the event of future earthquakes or other natural disasters. Construction will be carried out using local labor trained by HHC and monitored by an onsite supervisor, engineers and a local School Construction Committee.
 
These schools will be rebuilt to higher standards, to include separate toilets for boys and girls, water supply, a library and other facilities. Classrooms will be designed to consider the ideal learning environment for children.
 
The goal of rebuilding schools is to ensure that children in these disenfranchised communities are able to continue with their studies and retain hope for a better future. With all local schools damaged or destroyed in the earthquake, children have been unable to reintroduce normalcy to their lives or interact with peer groups and teachers to help process recent losses and dramatic changes. This has induced considerable anxiety in many children and their parents. In the interim, HHC has provided tents and corrugated tin sheets to use as temporary classrooms.
 
Over the longer term, HHC plans to provide teacher training and curriculum redevelopment, following the Bank Street model that prioritizes interactive, critical thinking. It is our hope that this will serve as a model for modernizing and revamping the pedagogy in Nepal for rural education.
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
 
Happy Dasain! Our Nepal offices will be closed for the holidays through Tuesday, October 27 and our regular updates will resume at that time. Please direct all inquiries to our US Director, Christina Madden, at christina@himalayanhealthcare.org.
 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
 
As part of HHC's partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), HHC's field staff has delivered a total of 18,270 kg of food in Dhading, comprising 16,270 kg of rice and 2,000 kg of pulse. Food will be delivered this week to Tipling and Sherthung. Fuel shortages caused by the blockade at Nepal's border with India has caused some delays in our work, but our food relief is underway and villagers have already begun the rebuilding component of WFP's "Work for Assets Creation" program.
 
The community is continuing work to clear landslides and extend the trails in northern Dhading. Landslides have been cleared in 17 places along the trails near Lapa and a 150-meter drain has been created. The first phase of work on the trails in Lapa, comprising just over 513 meters, has been completed, as well as a 635-meter stretch leading from Ankhu Khola to the Lapa foot bridge--a main section of the Lapa trails.
 
In Sherthung, construction has been completed on about 1,250 meters of roads and there are plans to connect the Sherthung roads to the Tipling border.
 
Community members in Tipling are working on two stretches of road and a 5.2-kilometer walking trail.
 
Additional work is being done on the trails in Jharlang and Ree Gau, and work to connect these villages to the main road leading from Dhadingbesi is expected to commence in the coming weeks.
 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
 
Since our most recent update, Himalayan HealthCare has made significant progress with our earthquake relief and recovery efforts in northern Dhading. With the support of our individual donors, as well as foundations and aid agencies, HHC is working with the local government and the villagers we have served for nearly 25 years to rebuild communities better and stronger than they were prior to the quake.
 
Food Relief
 
HHC is working with the World Food Programme under its “Food for Assets Creation” program to ensure 3,945 households in Tipling, Sherthung, Lapa, Jharlang and Ree Gau have access to food. This program will incentivize communities to participate in activities which help them to rebuild. Each household will receive 150 kg of rice and 27 kg of lentils. Their work will focus on the repair and extension of the trail leading to the northern Dhading villages.
 
HHC will have 140 local staff and temporary workers helping to carry out the project. Food coupons will be distributed by local volunteers including school teachers, local leaders, women's groups and farmers' groups. All processes will be informed by detailed assessments of what was lost and of what resources are optimal for the northern Dhading region.
 
WFP training session in Deaurali
 
Trail and Road Repair and Maintenance
 
Rebuilding the trails has been a priority for HHC since the earthquake struck on April 25, as the quake and subsequent landslides damaged bridges and made footpaths impassable. HHC, in conjunction with the regional government, has been working to repair and maintain the trails and has also offered financial support for the repair of the only road leading to northern Dhading. Our team has made site visits to finalize an excavator and bulldozer for the work and has met with Dr. Bishnu Prasad Rijal, the District Technical Office's engineer in charge of our project sites in northern Dhading. Using local community members and our team of construction specialists and engineers, HHC is beginning work to re-link the northern Dhading villages to each other and to the main access point.
 
In addition to making our aid operations more efficient and cost-effective, restoring the trails in northern Dhading will allow locals to carry out their own rebuilding efforts without relying on expensive helicopters and outside aid agencies.
 
This excavator is being used by HHC to relink Northern Dhading. The surrounding river needs to be diverted and once completed, this will allow all five northern VDCs to be linked to the District HQ so that relief and recovery work can be carried out, and communication and travel can resume.
 
Livestock Distribution
 
Building on our food relief efforts, HHC with support from Brother’s Brother Foundation will be distributing livestock to 184 households that lost animals as a result of the earthquake. Livestock--including cattle, buffalo, pigs, goats and more--is a major source of livelihood and sustenance for the villagers in northern Dhading. HHC will be purchasing livestock from nearby villages, to ensure they are adaptable to the altitude, and distributing to households based on surveys of lost animals carried out by HHC’s local staff.
 
Brother’s Brother Foundation also supported food relief for the villages of Tipling, Sherthung and Lapa for the month of July and has been a major supporter of our relief efforts since April. Brother's Brother Foundation helped support the food distribution center picture above.
 
Health Post and Hospital Repair
 
HHC has also finalized a partnership with AmeriCares. Over the next two years, HHC and AmeriCares will work together on the repair and reconstruction of the Dhading District Hospital, as well as 12 area health posts. This 18-month collaboration will involve local community members as well as a team of construction engineers and post-disaster experts to ensure these sites are not just recreated but built back stronger and more sustainably.
 
The project has taken into consideration a needs assessment of the Dhading District Health Office and local health providers. It will be carried out under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population and will follow the Ministry's master plan, guidelines and building codes. Under the partnership agreement, AmeriCares and HHC will collaborate on site assessment, repair and reconstruction.
 
Friday, June 12, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare is grateful to Bank Street School for Children in New York for its support of our earthquake relief efforts. Bank Street hosted a bake sale on Wednesday, June 3, where children from grades 5 - 8 baked a wide array of treats which were sold to the wider Bank Street community including the College of Education. In only three hours the school raised $1,073 for Himalayan HealthCare.
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has been leading efforts to clear landslides and rebuild trails in northern Dhading so that the villages can be reconnected to each other and to Dhadingbesi. Today, Himalayan HealthCare's field coordinator, Sapta Kumar Ghale, and construction supervisor, Rohit Khadka, together with representatives of Nepal's Ministry of Rural Development and the District Development Committee of Dhading visited a suspension bridge in Ankhu Khola, located between Shertung and Lapa. The bridge, which was built three months ago by the Ministry's Remote Area Development Committee, was destroyed during the April 25 earthquake. This has cut off Lapa from the district headquarters, Dhadingbesi, and other surrounding villages. During today's visit, the team assessed the state of the bridge and discussed the development of a collaborative plan for repairs and maintainence. Following the site visit, the team traveled to Dhadingbesi where they met with the Local Development Officer and Chief District Engineer and briefed them on Himalayan HealthCare's trail and bridge rehabilitation campaign.
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
 
Between May 12 and May 21, a team of Himalayan HealthCare volunteers, including our president, Dr. Robert McKersie, and past president, Dr. David Johnson, traveled to Nepal on a post-earthquake relief mission. In addition to carrying out a five-day medical camp in Lapa, where more than 800 patients were treated, the team surveyed the damage in Kathmandu and northern Dhading and documented Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts. Below are the personal accounts of Drs. McKersie and Johnson of their time in post-earthquake Nepal.
 
 
 
Monday, June 1, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare is grateful to AmeriCares for providing funding to our earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.
 
Himalayan HealthCare has served as a local partner to AmeriCares, NYC Medics, GlobalMedic and other organizations providing much-needed relief to victims in Dhading.
 
Sunday, May 31, 2015
 
View images of Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts in our earthquake relief photo gallery.
 
Thursday, May 28, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has had a team of staff and community members from Borang and Sherthung in northern Dhading working in shifts to clear landslides along the trails between Borang and Jharlang. Three landslides have been cleared thus far and gavin mesh walls have been created to contain more difficult parts of landslides. Our team, led by HHC village supervisor John Tamang, is also clearing and redoing the trails from Tipling to Sherthung. Sixty percent of the trails from Tipling and Sherthung to Jharlang have been re-linked.
 
A team in Jharlang is clearing the way from Jharlang towards the road point in Dunduray. Another team, led by HHC construction supervisor Rohit Khadka, is in Lapa developing a plan of action on fixing the trail from Lapa to Gorkha, including fixing bridges. We plan to have Lapa, Sherthung, Tipling and Jharlang relinked within the week.
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare is grateful to the hundreds of individuals who have donated to our earthquake relief efforts and to the dozens of people around the world who have organized fundraisers and collections to support our work. Below is just one story of our friend Rebekka Faber Karpatschof, who was born in Nepal and now lives in Denmark.
 
Personal Account of Rebekka Faber Karpatschof
 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
 
View images of Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts in our earthquake relief photo gallery.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare is in the process of setting up relief tents for use as classrooms for five schools in northern Dhading villages that are centers for tenth grade national level exams. Additional tents have been ordered so that Himalayan HealthCare can help other students resume classes as soon as possible and save them from repeating an academic year.
 
Sunday, May 24, 2015
 
Our medical team in Ri spent yesterday in transit to another part of the village, a several-hours walk from the previous camp site, and today resumed an official HHC medical camp.
Report from HHC's Ri Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
Acute respiratory infection  6
Diarrhea  7
Fever  4
Trauma  9 
Dysentery  2 
Other  52
Total   80

Fifty-six households have been moved out of Lapa and Tipling and relocated to Sankhos, close to Dhadingbesi. Himalayan HealthCare is coordinating with government and local leaders to oversee and support these relocation efforts.

 
 
 
Saturday, May 23, 2015
 
View images of Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts in our earthquake relief photo gallery.
 
Friday, May 22, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has been asked by the Dhading district health office to assist with the reconstruction of 30 health posts in the district.
 
Report from HHC's Ri Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
Acute respiratory infection  22 
Diarrhea  9
Fever  7
Pneumonia  1 
Dysentery  3 
Trauma  13
Other   42
Total   97 
 
Thursday, May 21, 2015
 
Our team of volunteer doctors and nurses based at the Himalayan HealthCare Lapa Relief Station has returned to Kathmandu after treating a total of 807 patients in Lapa. More than 20% of the patients were treated for waterborne diseases including giardia and dysentery.
 
Our team in Ri completed their second day of medical relief.
Report from HHC's Ri Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
Acute respiratory infection  20 
Diarrhea  18
Fever  5
Trauma  17 
Other  38 
Total  101
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Report from HHC's Lapa Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
 OB 1
 Respiratory 12
 Muscular and Orthopedic 37 
 Gastrointestinal  24 
 Neurological 10 
 Optometry 10 
 Dermatological 11 
 Diarrhea 27 
 Trauma
 Ear/Nose/Throat 13
 Dental 
 Genitourinary 3
 Giardia 6
 Ophthalmology 12
 Emergency 10
 Other
18
 Total 199
Report from HHC's Ri Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
Acute respiratory infection  29 
Diarrhea  12 
Fever   6 
Pneumonia  4 
Dysentery  3 
Trauma  23
Other  77
Total   167
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
 
The NYCMedics team that has been working in partnership with Himalayan HealthCare has departed for Ri in Northern Dhading along with Dr. Rakshya Parajuli, Chief Medical Officer of Himalayan HealthCare's hospital in Ilam. Ri was one of the hardest hit villages in Northern Dhading and the team will be stationed there until May 29.
Report from HHC's Lapa Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
 OB 1
 Respiratory 13
 Muscular and Orthopedic 19 
 Gastrointestinal  39
 Neurological 11 
 Optometry
 Dermatological 15 
 Giardia
 Total 108 
 
Monday, May 18, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare's medical team that was previously stationed in Tipling and Sherthung has completed its work in the villages and is currently treating patients in Kathmandu along with NYCMedics. The combined team treated 89 patients yesterday and 144 patients today.
 
Himalayan HealthCare also has a team consisting of our engineer, field coordinator and a government-appointed individual assessing and repairing the trails near Sherthung in Northern Dhading. The earthquake and subsequent landslides have taken out all of the bridges and damaged many of the footpaths leading to the villages we serve. Himalayan HealthCare is helping to rebuild the trails so the villages can be relinked to each other and to the road access point, which will allow for more efficient relief work and for villagers to access materials more easily without relying on outside aid organizations.
Report from HHC's Lapa Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
 Cardiology
 Respiratory 20 
 Muscular and Orthopedic 27 
 Gastrointestinal  24 
 Neurological
 Optometry
 Dermatological 14 
 Diarrhea 40 
 Trauma
 Ear/Nose/Throat 17
 Dental
 Genitourinary 4
 Other 14 
 Total 182
 
Sunday, May 17, 2015  
Report from HHC's Lapa Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
Giardia
1
Respiratory 11
Muscular
24
OB 17
Gastrointestinal 29
Neurological 6
Optometry 9
Dermatological 12
Diarrhea 47
Trauma 6
Ear/Nose/Throat
8
Dental 4
Genitourinary 2
Other 12
Total 188

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Report from HHC's Lapa Relief Station
Diagnosis # of Patients
Giardia
5
Respiratory 10
Muscular
6
Orthopedic 3
Gastrointestinal 10
Neurological 6
Optometry 5
Dermatological 7
Diarrhea 42
Trauma 3
Ear/Nose/Throat
10
Dental 4
Genitourinary 6
Emergency 10
Other 3
Total 130
 
Friday, May 15, 2015
 
Our team of volunteer doctors and nurses from the United States has arrived in Lapa in Northern Dhading and set up a medical camp. Four patients had been treated by the end of the day.
 
Thursday, May 14, 2015
 
Our volunteer doctors and nurses from the United States, including Himalayan HealthCare President Dr. Robert McKersie, has arrived in Dhadingbesi. The team is scheduled to depart tomorrow for Lapa in Northern Dhading.
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
 
The first lot of 100 relief tents has arrived in Nepal for use as emergency shelter, classrooms and health posts in the Dhading region. Himalayan HealthCare is grateful to Dr. Vipin Varma, U BATCH and other alumni of AFMC in Pune, India as well as the countless donors that have helped us secure these tents. Many more will be needed as monsoon season approaches and tens of thousands of people in Dhading remain without shelter.
 
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare's staff remains safe following the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck Nepal this morning roughly 50 miles east of Kathmandu. Our team of volunteer doctors and nurses from the United States has arrived safely in Kathmandu.
 
Monday, May 11, 2015
 
View images of Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts in our earthquake relief photo gallery.
 
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Report from HHC's Tipling Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Tipling)
97
Emergency 1
Wounds 2
Conjunctivitis 1
Respiratory
11
Diarrhea
5
General
77
 
Saturday, May 9, 2015
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Friday, May 8, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has signed a partnership agreement with AmeriCares to distribute donated supplies, including blankets and medications, to victims of the earthquake in Dhading.
 
View images of Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts in our earthquake relief photo gallery.
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
53
Emergency 5
Wounds 1
Respiratory 7
Diarrhea 4
Conjunctivitis
6
In-patient 5
General 25
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare's team of engineers and architects has arrived in Northern Dhading and has begun its assessments of homes, schools and other structures. Our field staff has delivered medicines to Sherthung, Lapa and Tipling. The NYCMedics team, assisted by Himalayan HealthCare, has arrived in Jharlang in Northern Dhading and Himalayan HealthCare has a team of volunteer doctors and nurses from the United States scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu on May 12. Himalayan HealthCare's team, which includes current HHC President Dr. Robert McKersie and past president Dr. David Johnson, will be stationed in Lapa.
 
At present, Himalayan HealthCare has raised more than $250,000 from individual donors as well as GlobalGiving, the Jean-Abraham Py Memorial Foundation, AJWS, Brothers Brother Foundation and Morgan Stanley's matching gifts program. We thank all of you for your continued support.
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
43
Emergency 3
Trauma 3
Respiratory 7
Diarrhea 1
General 29
Report from HHC's Tipling Relief Station*
Total number of patients treated (Tipling)
63
General 63

* Report for May 6-7, 2015

 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
102
Emergency 1
Wounds
6
Conjunctivitis
3
Trauma
4
Respiratory 10
Diarrhea 8
Dysentery 1
In-patient 1
General 68
 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
 
Our team of architects in engineers are in Dhadingbesi awaiting travel to the village in Northern Dhading to conduct their in-depth assessment of long-term needs. According to an initial estimate from the Dhading District Health Office, approximately 70% of health clinics in the Dhading region are totally damaged.
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
113
Emergency 1
Conjunctivitis 1
Trauma
4
Respiratory
13
Diarrhea 4
In-patient 1
General 89
Report from HHC's Tipling Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Tipling)
20
General 20
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Monday, May 4, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has welcomed the arrival of NYCMedics, which was deployed to Nepal by the World Health Organization and is working in partnership with AmeriCares. HHC is providing logistical support and translation services to NYCMedics as its 12-person team makes its way to Dhading.
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
107
 Emergency 3
 Conjunctivitis 2
 Trauma 2
 Respiratory 15
 In-patient 2
 General 83
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
106
Emergency 1
Wounds 11
Diarrhea
8
Respiratory 18
Conjunctivitis 4
Dysentery 1
Trauma
6
Other
57
Report from HHC's Tipling Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Tipling)
50
General 50
 
Thank you to all of our supporters who have inquired about volunteer opportunities with Himalayan HealthCare's disaster relief efforts. At this time, we are not accepting international volunteers in Nepal but we welcome you to check back often as we continue to assess longer term needs. For volunteer opportunities in New York, please inquire with our US Director Christina Madden at christina@himalayanhealthcare.org.
 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has sent additional food to the villages of Sherthung, Kapurgaun and Thulogaun in Northern Dhading and has ordered an additional 25 metric tons of rice to be distributed in Dhading villages. We have distributed four satellite phones to HHC staff who are stationed in Tipling, Lapa, Thulogaun and Sherthung. An additional $13,000 worth of medical equipment donated by Himalayan HealthCare is currently en route to the hospital in Dhadingbesi.
 
View images of Himalayan HealthCare's relief efforts in our earthquake relief photo gallery.
Report from HHC's Sherthung Relief Station
Total number of patients treated (Sherthung)
75
Emergency 7
Wounds 13
Diarrhea
8
Respiratory 7
Conjunctivitis 4
Dysentery 5
Other
31
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Tune in today at 4PM EDT/1PM PDT as Lainie Sevante Quirk interviews Himalayan HealthCare President Robert McKersie on Zeta Global Radio Show.
 
Friday, May 1, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare's medical team has reached Sherthung with half a metric ton of medications and has set up camp at the village health post. One patient from Tipling has been sent to Dhadingbesi for a septic food from a wound after a referral from our medical team. Medicines are being separated for surrounding villages, including Lapa and Kapurgaon, the location of HHC's Timla student dormitory, where 242 people are currently stranded without food.
 
Medical equipment worth $30,000 has been handed over to the hospital in Dhadingbesi and our hospital team is assessing the hospital's additional needs. We are also organizing a team of engineers to conduct a full needs assessment of the damage and future construction needs in the villages we serve.
 
Read the personal account of HHC's Bishnu Karki who was completing work on the Timla hostel for secondary students in Lapa when the earthquake struck Nepal:
 
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Thursday, April 30, 2015
 
Heavy rains have temporarily delayed our medical team's trip from Dhadingbesi to Sherthung. Helicopter travel is not feasible in current conditions and the footpaths leading to Northern Dhading are impassable due to landslides, downed bridges and other damage.
 
Himalayan HealthCare has raised more then $100,000 in the five days since the earthquake and is grateful for our partners Brothers Brother Foundation, GlobalGiving and AJWS and the countless individual donor who have supported us and our relief efforts.
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has now donated a total of 4 metric tons of rice, 3 metric tons of beaten rice and salty foods and 3 metric tons of cereals, peanuts and brown sugar to Dhading. Our medical team will leave for Sherthung tomorrow to provide emergency care, including psychological support and treatment and prevention of epidemics, to victims in surrounding villages. The medical team will be carrying half a metric ton of medicines, water purifying drops for 1,500 households and other supplies donated by Himalayan HealthCare.
 
We will be donating medical equipment, including an anesthesia machine and defibrillator, as well as a back-up generator to the hospital in Dhadingbesi to assist with the influx of patients. Himalayan HealthCare has already donated four 5 kV generators to Nepal Telecom to reestablish power and telephone connection with villages in Dhading and Northern Gorkha in order to facilitate relief efforts in the region.
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare has donated 4 metric tons of rice for delivery to various sites in Northern Dhading. We have mobilized a team of health workers from our hospital in Ilam, Nepal and they will travel tomorrow to Dhadingbesi with over 100 essential medicines. We are looking into tent donations as there is currently a need for more than 20,000 tents in Dhading alone due to heavy destruction to homes, schools and health posts.
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Monday, April 27, 2015
 
Himalayan HealthCare was endorsed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his appeal to New Yorkers to support earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Nepal.
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Sunday, April 26, 2015
 
We are happy to report that our dear friend and colleague, Phe Dorje, is out of harm's way after being critically injured during yesterday's earthquake in Nepal. He is back in Kathmandu, where he is having tests run and being monitored fulltime by HHC staff. Phe has been an integral part of the HHC community for many years and holds a special place in the hearts of all who have worked and volunteered with him. We are grateful to Anil and the rest of the HHC staff for the hard work they are doing to keep Phe and others safe.
 
Unfortunately, the news we are hearing out of Dhading suggests substantial damage to the villages we serve (Tipling, Lapa, Sherthung, Jharlang and surrounding areas). The Timla student dormitory that was recently constructed with HHC support and inaugurated during the Spring 2015 Medical Trek appears to have been leveled, as has the village of Sherthung. Initial reports suggest hundreds of deaths.
 
Listen to the latest briefing on Himalayan HealthCare's earthquake relief efforts:
 
 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
 
A major earthquake (7.8 on the Richter scale) has struck Nepal, approximately 70 miles NW of Kathmandu on Saturday, 11am KTM time. The scenes of destruction are sobering. We have made contact with Himalayan HealthCare's founder, Anil Parajuli, and he and his immediate family are safe. Anil and his wife Soni are using their lawn and HHC's tents to house and care for locals in their area who have been affected by this quake. One of our health supervisors has been injured, and we are trying to get a helicopter to him to bring him to the hospital. He was east of Kathmandu at the time of the earthquake attending a medical training. All other staff members appear to be fine. We will keep our followers posted as more information comes in.

All net proceeds from the handicraft sales are used to fund primary health care, medical and educational projects, giving to those involved in the production process a sense of pride that comes by helping and sustaining many others, in even greater need than themselves. Jeevankala