On the ground in Kathmandu, we continue to attend the daily Ministry of Health meetings, joined by the United Nations and the World Health Organization as well as other NGOs to help coordinate the relief efforts and ensure HOPE’s donated medicines and medical volunteers get to the locations in urgent need.
Kenly Flanigan, HOPE’s volunteer coordinator is working to place our first two HOPE volunteer nurses, set to arrive in Kathmandu on Saturday. The nurses, both volunteering for one HOPE’s programs in India at the time of the earthquake, will most likely be working at a hospital outside of Kathmandu.
While they will be working at a facility, their work environment will most likely be more of a field hospital setting. Even though there are some hospitals in Kathmandu without extensive damage, many are still treating patients outside of the hospital because widespread fear of continuing aftershocks are preventing people from going to the hospital for treatment.
Additional volunteers are scheduled to arrive early next week.
Dr. Vlatko Uzevski and I continue to focus on the logistics, as well as obtaining all the needed in-country approvals to get HOPE’s donated medicines and medical supplies into Nepal. Currently, HOPE has two shipments, including antibiotics, valuing $1.5 million, ready to be flown into Nepal.
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