Project HOPE sends $2.2 million in medication to Nepal

Sama Shrestha, a volunteer nurse with Project HOPE, helps care for earthquake victims in Nepal. Courtesy Project HOPE

Project HOPE has announced medical volunteers in Nepal have provided emergency medical care to thousands of patients injured in last week’s earthquake — the second one to hit the country in three weeks.

Because medical supplies are most needed in Nepal following the quakes, the humanitarian organization, based in Millwood, announced in a news release it has also shipped $2.2 million in medicines to Nepal.

Project HOPE’s team of 14 medical volunteers and three staff members were deployed to Nepal after the April 25 7.8-magnitute earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people. Team members have been sleeping in tents outdoors because of the possibility of collapsing buildings.

Since a second 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at about 12:35 p.m. local time May 12 near capital city Kathmandu, more than 8,500 deaths have been recorded from the two earthquakes.

When the second quake struck, medical volunteers were working at the Manmohan Memorial Teaching Hospital and were able to quickly set up a triage center near the emergency room.

Project HOPE has been coordinating with the World Health Organization, United Nations and Nepal’s Ministry of Health to ensure its efforts are effective and that aid reaches those who need it.

The organization has responded to most of the major disasters of the last decade, including the Indonesian tsunami in 2004 and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013.

In 2012, Project HOPE provided critical medical care and health education to remote areas of Nepal during its fourth humanitarian mission in partnership with the U.S. Air Force.

Contact Project HOPE at http://www.projecthope.org.