Earthquake in Nepal

Situation Update:
On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal with an epicenter northwest of the capital city of Kathmandu. A second, powerful aftershock hit on 12 May centered northeast of the capital. The earthquake severely impacted 13 out of the 75 districts in the country and has left behind more than 8,000 dead and nearly 18,000 injured. All staff from Mass General, Harvard University and Partners Healthcare are safe and accounted for.

According to the Ministry of Health in Nepal, 26 hospitals were damaged and more than 900 village health facilities outside the Kathmandu Valley are nonfunctional. Two teams from the Massachusetts General Hospital have been deployed as part of the international relief effort. A 10-member team of clinicians and nurses has deployed with the International Medical Corps to provide medical care in the regions of Dahding and Gorkha. A second 6-member team is supporting Project HOPE to provide critical medical and nursing capacity at a major teaching hospital in Kathmandu. Each team has seen hundreds of patients since arriving in Nepal and treated a mix of injuries from the earthquake while providing supplemental primary care as normal healthcare services have been severely disrupted.

This page will be updated regularly as additional information becomes available.

Employees and Staff:
If you are an employee of the Massachusetts General Hospital interested in volunteering for international deployments to support medical operations after natural and man-made disasters, please submit a profile for our disaster response database. For more information about Global Disaster Response at Mass General, please visit our website: http://massgeneralcenterforglobalhealth.org/programs/gdr/home

Resources:
ReliefWeb.int Project Hope page (including Nepal situation reports)
ReliefWeb.int Nepal Earthquake Disaster page
ReliefWeb Nepal Earthquare Situation Report No. 4
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency support site
iJet Nepal earthquake update - 5/13/2015
CDC Nepal Travel Notice
US Dept of State Nepal Travel Alert 
USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance 
Nepal Earthquake Google map - Hospitals, Embassies, Airports, important sites, aid posts

Media:
Nepal Earthquake: Second MGH Team Responds
Nepal Earthquake Poses Challenges to Responders
Another team from Massachusetts General Hospital heads to Nepal – Boston Globe
Medical team from MGH going to help in Nepal after quake – WHDH
Nepal Disaster Hits Home In New England – WBZ-TV, Ch. 4
MGH doctors spring to action in Nepal –  Boston Herald
BBC coverage
The Guardian coverage
MGH Public Affairs
USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

Global Disaster Response at the Massachusetts General Hospital:
Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Pursuing a four-part mission of patient care, teaching, research and community health, the hospital is consistently ranked among the top hospitals nationwide. The Mass General Center for Global Health—modeling the larger institution and its 200-year legacy of excellence for innovative clinical care, transformative scientific discoveries and world class medical training—works across the globe to prevent avoidable deaths and to alleviate the physical pain and mental anguish resulting from disease, natural disasters, poverty and war. These interwoven strengths are further leveraged by collaborations with Harvard Medical School, the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mass General Hospital is a recognized leader in disaster relief, providing rapid, professional, post-catastrophe medical care in response to humanitarian emergencies. Global Disaster Response at Mass General supports teams of skilled clinicians and support staff that can be rapidly deployed to disasters anywhere in the world.

Last updated: 14 May 2015