EHA Responds to Earthquake in Nepal
Nepal has suffered yet another severe earthquake, this one having a magnitude of 7.3 and an epicenter 47 miles east of Kathmandu in a rural area. At least 65 Nepali people have died as well as 17 Indians in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Over 1,900 have been injured as many more buildings collapsed.
Those near the first earthquake site have been hesitant to enter their homes and other buildings, fearing that earthquake damage would cause them to fall during an aftershock. This problem was only intensified after this new earthquake. Since almost 300,000 homes were destroyed and another 234,000 damaged in the first quake, many people are living outside with little shelter or food in cold temperatures with monsoon season right around the corner.
The death toll of the April 25 quake has risen to 7,900 and the number of injured is over 16,000. About 8 million of the 28 million people living in Nepal have been affected by this earthquake. Emergency medical care needs are declining, but there are at least 2 million people who will need tents, water, food, and medicine over the next 3 months.
EHA is planning a 6-month relief effort to meet the long-term needs as well as the short-term ones in Nepal. We have years of experience working in natural disaster situations and we know how to help with all of the recovery issues that come up once the immediate medical needs are cared for. Our budget for all of these areas of care is $325,000. If you would like to give to help EHA relief efforts, click the button below.
EHA's Current Relief Efforts
EHA's first medical team reached Nepal on April 27 with the twin objectives of assessing the needs and exploring partnerships with local organizations to provide the best medical response possible. Since then, EHA has mobilized 15-member teams to go in and set up medical camps that served about 100 villages in ten different districts. Over 2,000 people have benefited from these camps. EHA along with its partners is now looking at the possibility of having Satellite Rural Clinics with medical teams positioned at central locations in highly affected districts.
EHA medical camps have been set up in these red border districts
The needs for food, shelter, and clean water are staggering. EHA has distributed 30,000 water purifying tablets, which is particularly important because of the likelihood of waterborne diseases after a disaster. We have sent in 250 packets of food and basic hygiene kits for villages affected in the Dhading district. We are targeting another 750 more packets for villages in the Sindhupalchowk district. EHA has begun distributing tarpaulins for temporary shelter with the goal of procuring 5,000 for numerous villages. They have also purchased 2,000 tents which are being prioritized for families with leprosy.
Another area EHA is working to help is in psychosocial care for those traumatized by the earthquakes and aftershocks. We are training 40 to 50 leaders who will form at least 10 groups, and train 10 to 15 local volunteers each as care providers across target districts. These follow-up programs should serve at least 500 earthquake victims.
Over 4,300 schools have been damaged in 41 affected districts, including 12,483 classrooms. This means 950,000 children will not be able to return to school until the government provides temporary learning spaces. EHA plans to work with partners to start play centers for the children in relief shelters, organizing fun materials for children including drawing and painting kits, toys, game kits, and snacks.
EHA will be in these relief efforts for the long haul. We are in a unique position to cross the Nepali border and reach out with the love of Christ, both with our medical expertise and our disaster management experience.
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April 1, 2015
EHA India Welcomes New Executive Director
As of April 1, EHA India has a new Executive Director -- Dr. Sunil Gokavi. We are excited to see what his leadership will bring to EHA. The following is his autobiography that gives us a glimpse into Dr. Sunil's background and testimony.
My name is Sunil Gokavi, and I was born and bred in Bangalore before embarking on my medical studies at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in 1983.
February 17, 2015
EHA Appoints New Executive Director
The Emmanuel Hospital Association USA board of directors has appointed Robb Hansen as executive director of US operations. Dr. Howard Searle has been named president of EHA USA.
Mr. Hansen has served EHA as an outside consultant for several years. His assumption of a formal role will allow him to shoulder some of the leadership responsibilities which Dr. Searle has carried alone.
December 1, 2014
Engage Disability Conference is Successful
Praise God for a successful conference, Engage Disability, at the end of September. Over 400 people participated from hospitals, Christian health organizations, churches, and non-governmental organizations. The emphasis was on turning the conference into a movement toward including the disabled in India.
September 1, 2014
Dr. Mark Kniss Passes Away
Dr. Mark Kniss, who contributed significantly in the early years of EHA, passed away on June 10, 2014. His legacy with EHA goes back to 1960, when he started a clinic in India that became Nav Jivan Hospital, which was a 60-bed facility by the time he left in 1973.
July 30, 2014
ICMDA World Congress in The Netherlands
The International Christian Medical and Dental Association (ICMDA) connects Christians in medicine and dentistry from all around the world. Uniting 69 national movements in fellowship, witness, and service, they apply biblical principles to their practices day in and day out. In addition, senior personnel reach out to Christian medical and dental students and graduates around the globe.
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July 29, 2014
Doctor Reminisces About Furthering the Kingdom
Dr. Howard Searle, a retired surgeon living in the Chicago area, helped found EHA in India more than 40 years ago and now serves as volunteer Executive Director of the organization's US operations. Read on for a Q&A to learn more of his story.
July 2, 2014
EHA India to Host Engage Disability Conference
EHA is sponsoring an "Engage Disability" conference in Delhi from September 25 to 27, 2014, with the purpose of coming together to strengthen the Christian response to disability in India. They are hoping to bring together 500 people -- everyone from disability workers, church leaders, people with disabilities, educators, and business leaders -- to discuss the best ways to help those with disabilities. Please pray for their preparation for this event. Click here to learn more.
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