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Earthquake response

Handicap International estimates 18,000 people sustained injuries during the earthquakes, many of them fractures. And experts warn delays in identifying and treating them could lead to permanent disability.

In response to the devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015, HRDC, in partnership with Baidya & Banskota (B&B) Hospital, launched the Emergency Surveillance and Response (ESAR) campaign. The earthquake caused the deaths of over 8,000 people, and many more were injured and left without a place to live. The mission of the ESAR campaign was to identify, treat and rehabilitate victims, and to provide relief materials and medical assistance in the most unreachable areas. Our efforts were mainly in the nine districts of Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dhading, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Makwanpur and Chitwan.Read more...

The ESAR camps were set up in the worst hit districts, where injuries were identified, and when possible, patients were transported to hospitals for treatment and rehabilitation. Each of the ESAR camps consisted of 40-50 triage staff, specializing in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, physiotherapy, orthotics & prosthetists and psychology. The camps had a designated therapy and counseling area for children, a mobile pharmacy, a dressing area to take care of wounds, a casting area for primary treatment of bone injuries, and a relief distribution area that distributed dignity kits, food supplies, clothing, and other necessities.

After the earthquake 98 comprehensive health and relief camps were conducted, providing services to over 45,000 people. A total of 275 persons were admitted between the HRDC and B&B hospitals, and out of these, 240 patients underwent a total of 540 surgical procedures.

By using our existing network of community-based rehabilitation (CBR), HRDC was able to promptly reach the population that was directly and indirectly affected by the earthquake in the districts where we work. By using the same networks that we use to find children with physical disability in the field, our CBR staff went from village to village providing medical care. Having this efficient system already in place, we were able to initiate our response within 24 hours of the first earthquake.

A core function of HRDC’s CBR program is the implementation of systematic follow-ups and referrals to appropriate institutions. In other words, although our mission is to serve underprivileged children with physical disability, we also follow up on the patients we treated during and after the earthquake.

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