Nepal - Medical assistance for earthquake victims
On April 25 and May 12, 2015, Nepal suffered one of the worst earthquake disasters in its history. More than 9,000 people died in the devastating earthquakes and aftershocks. Over 17,000 people, including large numbers of children, were injured and around 3.2 million people became homeless overnight. Around 750,000 houses were destroyed or damaged, including many schools and hospitals. The health care system collapsed and there was severe lack of food, drinking water, blankets, and medicines in the affected regions.
Immediately after the first powerful earthquake, Knorr-Bremse Global Care donated EUR 50,000 to Save the Children Germany, which has over 90 years’ experience of providing emergency relief and has been working in Nepal since 1976. Within a short time after the earthquake, around 500 Save the Children employees were in Nepal helping children and families in the affected region. The disaster response also included sending medical experts like surgeons, paramedics, and orthopedists to treat the injured. Medicines, hospital tents, and other medical equipment were also provided.
The sum donated by Knorr-Bremse Global Care enabled Save the Children to equip 420 district nurses with medical supplies, to set up 112 mother-and-child areas in temporary emergency facilities, and to distribute supplies to 22 health clinics to combat malnutrition. Independently of Knorr- Bremse Global Care’s involvement, staff at the Knorr-Bremse Technology Center in India also sent donations to an Indian welfare organization that is helping the earthquake victims.
Despite huge international attention and numerous donations, more than 2.8 million people are still in need of humanitarian aid. Most houses have not yet been rebuilt and there is still a threat of disease because it has not been possible to secure drinking water supplies.