In one of its worst natural disasters in 80 years, the Nepal Earthquake has claimed 5,000 as of the time of this writing, and is on track to take more than 10,000 lives by the time that the counting is finished. There are a number of efforts underway to mitigate that loss, include some led by diaspora. Check them out below and be sure to find a way to get involved.
A local/diaspora led social media effort is underway to rescue individual survivors, using as one of many tools this map of Rescue Requests and Gathering Places within Nepal.
Here's a helpful list of do's and don't when contributing after humanitarian emergencies. Generally it's best to only give funds at this stage, and only to established, trustworthy groups.
Care: Has a long-term presence in Nepal; currently partnering to support 75,000 individuals.
Oxfam: Int'l humanitarian agency. Currently sending technical experts and assessing situation
Save the Children: Currently raising funds for response, about 10% of which will go towards resilience to "prepare for the next emergency"
World Vision: Currently sending materials and a team into Nepal.
Project for a Village (a organization supporting girls health and education outside Kathmandu, Nepal; advised by our own Anju Ranjit)
Those wanting to travel to Nepal as medical volunteers should coordinate with an established NGO or with the American Nepal Medical Foundation, via this form here.
From the WHO, 2012
Population 27.2 million
Life Expectancy 68
Regional Average: 67
Under 5 Mortality 42/1000 live births
Regional Average: 50/1000 live births
Maternal Mortality Ratio 190 deaths/100,000 live births
Regional Average: 190 deaths/100,000 live births
HIV prevalence 177/100,000 individuals
Regional Average: 185/100,000 individuals
Physicians per Capita 2.1/10,000 (2004)
Births Attended by Skilled Health Personnel: 36%
Regional Average: 67%
Out of Pocket Expenditure (% of Total Health Exp.) 49.2%
Global Average: 17.8%
Government Expenditure (% of Total Health Exp.) 39.5%
Global Average: 59.7%
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+ Burden of Disease
Diseases contributing most to Years of Life Lost, 1990 and 2010 figures (from Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation)
Red=communicable neonatal/maternal/nutritional causes, blue=noncommunicable disease, green=injuries
To learn more about Nepal's burden of disease, check out the following sources:
Interaction NGO Maps
Details the activities of local and international NGOs in Nepal.
+ Relevant Ministries
Ministry of Health And Population: http://www.mohp.gov.np
+ Known Diaspora Groups
+ Commentary Worth Following
+ How to Get Engaged
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