July 23rd 2015
Our team has taken multiple overnight trips into the mountains roads to supply some of the most in-need communities with aid. Many of these journeys include traveling on unmaintained roads, with conditions that continue to deteriorate due to constant downpours.
The team has been trekking on foot for portions of the road which are inaccessible by vehicle, and assembling shelters in monsoon rain conditions. Facing restricted travel due to road conditions, the teams have been forced to camp and return to base when the weather allows.
In the last three weeks, GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team has attended fourteen different villages, in five districts, to distribute:
• 13 Critical Infrastructure Tents to create Child Friendly Spaces meant to provide a safe learning and playing environment.
• 84 Household Emergency Tents to provide families without shelter a dry, comfortable place to sleep and conduct household activities.
• 551 Family Emergency Hygiene Kits to provide families in affected areas with personal hygiene and safety supplies to help increase their personal health, safety and survival abilities during their difficult recovery.
• 861 Rainfresh Household Water Purification Units with hygiene supplies to provide each household with clean drinkable water for one year, along with the ability to practice good hygiene, reducing the risk of illness especially in vulnerable populations.
For these distributions to occur, our volunteers in Nepal have been working long hours, seven days a week to produce Rainfresh and Hygiene kits to be distributed. Many quality items have been procured locally in an effort to help the Nepali economy recover after the disaster, while improving the rate at which these resources can be ready for beneficiaries.
The need for aid continues in Nepal continue, and to match the demand, GlobalMedic has extended it’s operations through the monsoon season, which creates often-impossible travel conditions for those living in the mountain villages. Our team of volunteers will be travelling to as many villages as possible, to ensure they receive the distribution items required to preserve their safety and well-being.
In the past weeks, GlobalMedic volunteers have continued their disaster relief efforts in Nepal, delivering aid to the regions of Kathmandu, Dhading, Kavre, Sindupalchok, Nuwakot, and Gorkha. In total, our teams have delivered 1,454 hygiene kits, 2100 Rainfresh household water purification units, and 40 critical infrastructure tents, including an Alaska shelter, Celina tents, and Eureka tents.
Additionally, 65 AP700 point-of-source ultrafiltration units have been installed in areas throughout Nepal where large community water sources are contaminated, including schools, hospitals, and police offices. In addition, 315 household tents have arrived in Kathmandu for distribution to families who have lost their homes.
Between June 11th and 18th, our volunteers installed AP700 units in 37 different schools in Dhading, Sindupalchok, and Gorkha. These units are capable of producing 1000 litres of purified water every hour. With the installations in these schools alone, over 16,000 students, plus teachers, families, and members of the community, will now have access to clean drinking water.
Last week, the team returned to Sindupalchok, Nuwakot, and Kathmandu to deliver hygiene kits and Rainfresh household water purification units. The Rainfresh units are an effective support as they are durable, easily portable, and capable of producing 3 litres of clean water an hour, with the ability to provide families with water for up to a year. A total of 533 people were given hygiene kits, and 67 families received Rainfresh units.
We recently received this video from our field of a group of Nepalese children entering a Celina tent that was set up as critical infrastructure replacement, for the first time. These tents also serve as Child Friendly Spaces, providing a safe space where children who’ve been affected by the earthquake and unable to return to school can gather to play, feel safe and receive psychosocial support services.
GlobalMedic volunteers continue to prepare hygiene kits and Rainfresh units for distribution in the upcoming weeks, along with household and critical infrastructure tents.
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New shipments of relief supplies are arriving a few times a week in Kathmandu, and GlobalMedic volunteers are assembling and preparing them for distribution. 840 additional Rainfresh household water purification units and 1440 ceramic filter kits, which will be added to locally drilled buckets to create Rainfresh units, are ready to be distributed to families without access to clean drinking water. Our team in the field worked with a local shop owner who helped create a new template for drilling holes in plastic buckets that we use to create Rainfresh units, and was kind enough to donate two custom pieces to assist in earthquake relief efforts.
Today, two more point-of-source AP700 water purification units were installed to provide clean drinking water for those affected by the earthquake, in addition to the preparations for 670 hygiene kits to be distributed this coming Sunday.
To date, the GlobalMedic team has also installed 39 critical infrastructure tents in Nepal, including an Alaska shelter, Celina tents and Eureka tents. These tents are designed to replace the loss of hospitals, schools and clinics, with 25 more arriving in the coming days.
Thank you to CSS for supporting the provision of the following: 315 household tents, 450 Rainfresh household water purification units, 15 AP700 point of source water purification units, and 13 critical infrastructure tents.
Earlier in the week, Minister of Labour and Minister for the Status of Women, Dr. Kellie Leitch, visited GlobalMedic’s operations and helped our teams to install two water purification units at schools in Lalitpur, providing 2, 000 students with access to clean drinking water. GlobalMedic also installed a unit in Lubhu with the help of local Nepalese community members.
At the end of May, Paramedic Week came to a close, and GlobalMedic would also like to thank all of our paramedic volunteers in Nepal, and around the world, for their service in helping those in need.
Within the last few days, GlobalMedic volunteers have assembled another 6 shelters to supplement or replace school buildings that have been destroyed in Sindhupalchok. The village of Kadambas is a rugged one hour drive up a mountain, although most community members make the 3-4 hour walk twice a day to gather supplies and food. Kadambas lost its main school, which provided education to approximately 400 students in the area.
The students whose schools have been affected in Sindhupalchock have been unable to attend a safe structure for class, let alone to play with their friends for the past one month since the earthquake.
GlobalMedic is installing these tents to provide not only a safe, clean environment within which children can learn and play, but a durable, dry shelter for refuge in the upcoming monsoon season. GlobalMedic volunteers ensured that the tents were located in a location that would not be vulnerable to likely future landslides.
Along with the shelters, GlobalMedic’s RRT are continuously providing purified drinking water at local hospitals and IDP camps across earthquake affected areas. Families who have been forced to drink water from contaminated sources have been suffering from water borne illness and the severe symptoms that accompany them. With GlobalMedic’s water purification systems like the Aqua-Response and AP700's, the RRT is capable of providing IDP camps and communities with thousands of litres of water to drink, cook with and wash with in a safe and healthy manner.
The past several days have been busy for our team on the ground in Nepal. The first rotation of team members from Canada have now departed and rotation #2 is well into their tour.
Here are some highlights of the past few days:
WHO’s water tester reported our water to be the cleanest and requested we fill a large tank in Ratna Park. We have continued to purify ~ 10,000L per day produced with the AR-10 water purification unit at this location.
A chlorine disinfection site has also been set up at Ratna Park to allow families to sterilize dirty water containers – a simple solution to protect families health.
400 Rainfresh Household water units have been distributed to families in various small communities. Each unit will provide a family with clean drinking water for 1 year. The team hiked to the community of Kodari to do a follow-up evaluation after a previous distribution of Rainfresh units. They had very good feedback from the community and found that every family had their unit set up and were using it regularly.
The Trekker water purification unit has been running at Grande Hospital, providing ~700L of clean water per day. Our team is looking into repairing the water system inside the hospital; this repair will produce 3000L of clean water per day.
We have been working with DART completing assessments in remote communities and distributing water purification tablets as well as installing tents – we installed a Celina tent that will replace a damaged school in Sathihure. The school previously served 160 students and replacing was the top priority of the community – even before household shelter.
We will continue to install tents, distribute household water systems and hygiene kits and provide clean water to communities with our water purification systems. Make no mistake, this is still the acute emergency phase of the response. People need shelter and access to clean water in order to stay alive. Our teams will keep meeting those needs.
The difficult landscape and logistical issues posed by inaccessible roadways continues to create issues for aid delivery. Approximately 3,000 landslides have been reported in the past three days alone, since the last major earthquake struck Kathmandu. GlobalMedic is pushing through difficult environments to reach out to isolated communities. When the second quake hit, the population in the major tent camp in Kathmandu jumped from 1,397 displaced persons in the morning to 12,351 that same evening. There is a constant need for drinkable water at this camp, and GlobalMedic is continuously using its AR-10 to purify water that is being trucked in.
Our UAV team participated in the search and rescue mission focusing on the downed US Forces UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. Daylight and Infrared camera images and video showed that ridge after ridge in the foothills of the Himalayas are crumbling with every aftershock.
Today, in the small village of Dunkharka in Kavre District, our teams actually helped the community till a field in order to clear it in preparation for a large tent installation. The tent installed by the GlobalMedic team will be used as a Birthing Centre. More tents will be set up in the coming days in nearby communities in Kavre.
Stressing the need for shelter at hospitals has never been more clear than at Grande Hospital. Cracks in the structure have become approximately 6 inches wide, with the potential to grow with every tremor. GlobalMedic is committed to contributing more tents specifically for situations such as this one. Hospitals are in constant demand, and with failing infrastructure, they are always in need of support.
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GlobalMedic has supported the Grande International Hospital - one of largest hospitals in Kathmandu housing 240 beds. Despite being one of the most modern hospitals in the capital, it suffered debilitating internal damage. The top floors have been rendered unusable, forcing the main floor cafeteria to be converted into an acute care operating room. The earthquake damaged the water purification system within the hospital, rendering the water non-potable. In response, GlobalMedic has been providing safe, clean drinking water through the operation of two Trekker units.
In addition, we have supported the military hospital which is the primary receiving area for new earthquake patients who have been transferred from rural areas, by providing critical tenting. The Nepalese military hospital suffered condemning damage, and is now completely unusable. The patient load is still high. The desperate need for these tents was evident as patients were ushered into the units for medical attention even before the GlobalMedic team had them entirely assembled.
GlobalMedic is continuously assessing rural areas - some of which contain communities that have not been reached since the first earthquake struck on April 25th. The main focus is to provide clean drinking water for the purpose of supporting family health, while installing strong shelter systems to provide a home as immense rains are imminent. As monsoon season approaches, fears of serious downpours causing more landslides eliminating all access to many remote areas increase.
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck in the afternoon during our aid distribution and multiple strong aftershocks followed. Our teams reported collapsed buildings and general chaos as people ran into the streets for safety. Several members of our team were meeting with DART and captured this video:
Our team members are safe. We were forced to delay a distribution of household water purification units that was being conducted as thousands of people poured onto the streets. We have rescheduled it for tomorrow. We are moving our point of use water purification systems to provide clean drinking water for families that have been moved back onto the streets.
Our focus is to continue providing families with access to clean drinking water and to keep setting up tents to replace damaged critical infrastructure like schools and clinics.
GlobalMedic team members in Nepal have had a busy weekend; going through rough terrain to deploy tents in mountain villages and repair essential water systems in hospitals and homes.
A Eureka tent was put up by the team at the Sheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa, Kavre. This will be used as shelter by patients whose houses were destroyed by the earthquake. We were also able to repair Kathmandu Hospital's reverse osmosis water system and clean algae out of the water storage tanks. The Hospital has 350 beds and its patients now will have access to clean drinking water. The team also trained the hospital staff on proper chlorinating techniques for their water system.
Many distributions occurred at children’s hospitals and homes during the weekend. P&G purifier of sachets were distributed at the Dada Guan Children’s home, and Aquatab water purification tablets were distributed in Sanukagi Thapa.
GlobalMedic and its partners have been busy installing water purifiers, assembling durable tents, and distributing hygiene kits and food to the affected population in Nepal.
Today alone, Our AR10 unit filtered 5000 litres of water at the Saraswati English School in Bhaktapur and our Trekkers operating at the Kathmandu Children’s Hospital provided 420 litres of clean water.
Seven large, durable tents have been installed to support damaged hospitals, including the Patan Academic Learning Hospital in Lalitpur and many throughout the district of Gorkha. These units will provide functional space for hospitals to continue medical treatments - a desperate need considering the massive damage caused by the earthquake as well as recent the influx of patients. GlobalMedic will continue installing tents over the coming weeks, supporting not only additional hospitals but also Child Friendly Spaces that provide psychosocial programming for affected children.
The massive relief efforts continue in Nepal as millions of survivors of the recent earthquake have been displaced. In many cases, houses have been completely destroyed or the fear of structural collapse is preventing families from living in their homes - or even within their communities.
As the congestion of relief items being sent to Nepal subsides, more people in affected areas are receiving aid. GlobalMedic's Rapid Response Team (RRT) capacity is growing as new volunteers are continually arriving in Kathmandu and joining up with current teams. Operations have expanded into rural Nepal in the unforgiving landscapes of the country's less populated areas. GlobalMedic is constantly assessing the needs in affected areas and providing aid that is deemed most essential.
Today, the RRT navigated roadways blocked by landslides to provide hygiene kits, Rainfresh household water purification units, food, and shelter to 92 families in the impoverished village of Maidham. Located in the Nuakort district of Nepal, 100% of homes in Maidham have been destroyed and the isolation has caused extreme living conditions for the 500 residents. To date, GlobalMedic has provided over 20,000 litres of clean drinking water through the AR10 and Trekker water purification systems. Rainfresh units are being distributed daily, along with enough Aquatab water purification tablets to sanitize an additional 350,000L of water.
GlobalMedic's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Team is flying alongside the Nepalese military, who is providing navigational and logistical aid. The UAVs are being used to collect aerial photography and live videography to allow for detailed mapping of the disaster zone. This will facilitate in the prioritizing of communities in need of aid, as well as the planning a direct route in order to access them.
At home in Canada, GlobalMedic's volunteers are showing great dedication to helping the devastated country by packing household water purification units and additional supplies that are being shipped to Nepal nearly every day.
GlobalMedic is seeking support as response teams will be deployed to provide aid until at least the end of July. To donate, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/23548.
The chaos across Nepal continues as aid agencies work to support the millions affected by the earthquake. With 2.2 million people displaced from their homes after the disaster, the threat of a cholera outbreak is imminent. GlobalMedic team members have been working in spontaneously formed camps to provide access to safe, clean water - the most important step to prevent disease outbreak and keep families safe. To further support family health, GlobalMedic's durable tents have now arrived in Kathmandu and the team will be installing them at identified hospitals and health clinics in desperate need of additional space to treat patients. Some of the tents will also be used to establish Child-Friendly Spaces - places across the disaster zone that offer psychosocial programming to support the unique needs of children. Often the most vulnerable people in the wake of a disaster, children require specific types of protection and support in order to process their stress in a healthy way and regain a sense of a normalcy.
In the air, our UAV teams are continuing operation across the region. They are working closely with the Nepalese Government to provide the most up to date information on the current needs, and coordinating with other agencies to ensure these needs are addressed. Due to the immense need, we are extending our aerial response to operate for an additional 30 days, with a supporting UAV team due to arrive in Kathmandu later today.
Our teams on the ground are working around the clock gathering aerial footage of the disaster zone, focusing on Kathmandu and surrounding areas. These images will help identify flooded areas, obstructed roads, population movements and damaged infrastructure - providing critical information that will inform a more effective and time efficient response.
30 large tents have arrived in Kathmandu which will be installed to replace essential infrastructure in hospitals and medical centers. In addition, the team has been operating large scale water purification units including an AR10 to provide clean drinking water at the community level. The team will be working in the Baklafor district tomorrow, which has been heavily affected by the earthquake, providing clean water to thousands of people that currently lack access.
In the following days, 22,000 bars of soap as well as over 600 Rainfresh household water purification units and are due to arrive in Kathmandu. These units will provide clean water for thousands of beneficiaries. They are cleanable and reusable, effectively purifying water from contaminated sources such as lakes, rivers and wells for up to one year.
Based on the scale of damage, GlobalMedic is set to deploy rotating teams into Nepal until at least the end of July to provide crucial, lifesaving aid to those affected by the earthquake.
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As our Rapid Response Team in Kathmandu begins operations deploying our UAVs and water purification systems, the volunteers at our office in Toronto have spent the day preparing and shipping additional relief items. These items include 30 tents of various sizes from 16' x 16' up to 18' x 36' that will be used to replace damaged infrastructure for hospitals and health clinics. Tens of thousands of families have spent their nights outdoors due to the fear of strong aftershocks that continue to ravage Nepal. These shelters will be essential in providing people with access to safe and reliable space to receive medical care.
Please donate to GlobalMedic's ongoing relief efforts in Nepal at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/23548.
As the rubble is slowly cleared the death toll rises, currently standing at over 3,700. Nepal's largest earthquake in over 80 years has caused food, water and shelter shortages. Aftershocks continue to rattle the area, causing people to sleep in the streets in fear of collapsing buildings. Families are desperate to find missing loved ones. Hospitals are overwhelmed with injured. Supplies of medicines are also running low. The airport is inundated with people trying to leave, and aid groups arriving to offer assistance.
GlobalMedic is responding. Our teams are currently on the ground in Kathmandu with water purification units. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Unit will begin mapping the devastation and help us target areas with the greatest need. Additionally we are deploying field hospitals and tents that will support the treatment of patients by replacing crucial medical infrastructure that has been damaged by the earthquake. We are mobilizing more gear and personnel that will be sent in the coming days. Your help is needed, 100% of your donation will go towards sending aid to Nepal. Please donate at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/23548.
Here is a video of GlobalMedic's Response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0xieGHFlyw.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal – the largest quake in 81 years in the region. Over 800 people have perished with death tolls expected to rise once the rubble is cleared. In Kathmandu, homes have been destroyed and walls have toppled. Landslides have closed roads and an avalanche triggered by the earthquake has killed climbers staying in the base camps on Mount Everest. There are many remote areas that have not been contacted as of yet. The worst is feared.
GlobalMedic is responding. Our team based in India is enroute. A team from Canada will bring water purification equipment, distribute hygiene kits and NFI (non-food item) kits and deploy field hospitals based on needs assessments.
GlobalMedic needs your help with the response – 100% of your donation will go towards sending relief supplies to the region.
You can donate here: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/23548