Medical relief for Nepal

Courtesy of REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Essential medicines and medical supplies are ready to leave HPIC’s distribution centre to provide much needed medical relief to the people of Nepal. And until May 25, 2015 all donations sent to HPIC for Nepal relief will be matched by the Government of Canada (http://bit.ly/1J6oiNC )

“When the disaster struck near Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, we immediately started communicating with our partners about the needs on the ground,” says Alexandra Wilson, HPIC’s Manager of Emergency Relief.

“Rapid medical care and coordinated emergency response are critical for the survivors,” Wilson said.

Currently, HPIC has enough medicine packed and ready to go to provide up to 24,000 treatments of essential medicines. There is more medicine in the warehouse that is available as well as donations that will be coming in from Canada’s healthcare industry in response to needs lists.

“HPIC, now celebrating our 25th anniversary, has responded to dozens of disasters over the years, including the largest medical aid mobilizations to Sri Lanka in 2005, Haiti in 2010 and the Philippines in 2013-2014,” says President Glen Shepherd.

“We work through our global network to distribute only what is needed,” Shepherd says. “In times of disaster when distribution systems are broken and roads are impassable, our Emergency Physician Travel Packs can be hand carried and provide emergency primary care.”

You can help move medicines to the affected communities. Every $1 donation provides at least $10 of essential medicines and will be matched by the Government of Canada until May 25, 2015. Donate now