The day after the April 25 earthquake that hit Nepal, a call for donations from Sanofi employees worldwide was launched to support response actions to the emergency by Sanofi Espoir Foundation partners. A total of €197,000 was collected. These funds, matched by the Group, will make it possible to move beyond the initial emergency phase and provide support to affected communities over the longer term, particularly in terms of healthcare.
The impact of the two earthquakes is very far-reaching, both in terms of victims and destruction.
The April 25 earthquake, together with the aftershocks, caused over 8,600 dead and left 16,000 people wounded according to the Nepalese government, making it the deadliest earthquake in 80 years.
Moreover, material destruction and landslides have damaged communication lines, making it difficult to access isolated populations. Healthcare requirements are substantial, due to the destruction of local centers and some hospitals. Five million six hundred thousand people are currently in need of medical care and access to health services.
Almost €500,000 for the Red Cross, Handicap International, Médecins du Monde and AmeriCares
Thanks to the generosity of Sanofi employees, € 197,000 was collected. Matched by the Group, these funds were added to the €100,000 released by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation to benefit Handicap International, Médecins du Monde, the Red Cross and AmeriCares.
After the needs assessment missions, these four NGOs launched effective, targeted actions in the most badly-affected areas and populations for the next six months.
The Red Cross is involved in the Dolakha district, the epicenter of the second earthquake. A tented emergency center equipped with an operating theater was installed to provide primary healthcare to the victims, and to admit patients suffering from diseases related to the precarious health situation in the area.
Handicap International is supporting health structures in Kathmandu and in the most heavily-affected rural areas. People on the spot continue to evaluate needs and to distribute first aid kits, in conjunction with local organizations, so that emergency responses apply to the entire population.
Médecins du Monde has installed temporary fixed clinics in the district of Sindhupalchok, and plans to install another mobile clinic to reach particularly remote populations. The NGO is also preparing for the monsoon period and new landslides that could result, and is considering the possibility of sending helicopter teams to reach the most isolated villages.