Nepal Earthquake Integral Emergency Response

Integral Members and their partners are on the ground in Nepal and work has begun assessing and responding to the immediate needs of some of the most affected.

Photo © Tearfund (UK), Photographer Pranaya Chhetri

Nineteen Integral Members are responding to the effects of the earthquake which devastated Nepal on Saturday 25th April 2015.  There are now more than 5000 confirmed fatalities and more than half a million people displaced from their homes, in urgent need of shelter, food, water and medical attention. 

Integral Members are raising funds, supporting the work of their long term local partners on the ground in Nepal and India, and starting rapid relief activities on the ground.   

Mission East’s in country team have been carrying out assessment and starting rapid distributions, including vital water purification tablets.  Priority needs include food, water, shelter and medication – with over 1.4 million people estimated to be in need of food assistance.

Medical Teams International has a team of Doctors and Nurses en route to Kathmandu to provide medical assistance. They are one of only five U.S. NGOs approved by the UN & WHO to send medical teams to the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.  Dominic Bowen, Global Emergencies and Security Advisor is already on the ground and reports that aftershocks have been quick but quite powerful, and that many people are scared to stay indoors, even at night.  He said “People are at the end of their tether. Supplies are running low… Families and other groups of people are setting up their own ad-hoc shelters under garbage bags they set up themselves.”

MAP International have a shipment of essential medicines on their way to Nepal now but clearance at the airport is an issue with the volume of aid trying to enter through one damaged airport facility. Kipp Branch, their Senior Medical Supply Officer said they are putting together an extensive medical supply shipment that would only be sent once it had clearance to land and will distribute emergency health supplies intended to support 10,000 people for three months.  On Monday MAP shipped $330,000 worth of needed antibiotics, gloves, analgesics, and wound care products with a team of doctors who will arrive in Kathmandu today.

Medair’s shelter, health and logistics specialists are also now in country assessing needs, alongside Tearfund UK’s in-country team and the multitude of dedicated partner organisations.  Local Partners such as UMN are supporting hospitals and providing relief in Dhading, and INF have sent a medical camp team to Ghorkha district – both areas among the worst affected by the earthquake.

Integral will continue to facilitate teleconferences and the sharing of information and resources for all of its Members with work and partners in the region at HQ level and are deploying an in-country Integral Coordinator, seconded from one of our Members, arriving in Katmandu this week. 

Cedar Fund, Food for the Hungry, Integra Foundation, International Health Partners, MAP International, Medair, Medical Teams International, Mission East, SEL, TEAR Australia, Tear NL, Tearfund Belgium, Tearfund Switzerland, TEAR Fund New Zealand, Tearfund UK, Transform Aid, World Concern, World Relief (US) and World Renew have all opted into an Integral Response to the Nepal earthquake.