In the aftermath of the disaster that hit Nepal in April, the Sanofi Group and the Sanofi Espoir Foundation mobilized to help victims through an appeal for generosity from their employees. A total of €197,000 was collected, matched by the Group, to which were added €100,000 allocated by the Foundation.
Six months after this tragedy, the NGOs partners of the Foundation and the Group are taking stock of their actions.
This NGO concentrated on the Sindhupalchok region in the Kathmandu Valley, and Nuwakot. Handicap International's strategy focused on aiding helpless and injured people. For example, their teams tried to reach the most isolated populations to provide primary care, and managed to reach out to more than 15,000 people. Moreover, 3,732 people depending on their needs were directed to hospitals or health centers. Health personnel were also trained in humanitarian responses to emergencies, identifying defenseless people, inclusion, tracking victims and collecting data. Nearly 4,000 people took part in these training sessions to facilitate the coordination of different aid cohorts in the event of future disasters.
Médecins du Monde
Following a needs assessment conducted within 48 hours of the disaster, Médecins du Monde teams focused on the health and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the Sindhupalchok district. Nineteen metric tons of drugs and materials were sent, together with surgical kits. Mobile clinics were set up, enabling 10,095 primary health consultations. Médecins du Monde has also committed to train local health personnel in health education and hygiene, as well as in mental health, including the management of stress, emotion and trauma. More than 1,000 people also attended training sessions in responses to emergencies and first aid. Médecins du Monde expects that the rehabilitation of 19 health facilities will be completed next month, enabling the provision of essential drugs in the event of an epidemic.
The Red Cross has set up a temporary field hospital in the Dolakha district. In all, 5,074 patients were treated there, including 2,781 women and 310 children. It has also donated to Nepal all of the medical equipment brought on site. Non-medical equipment has been given to the Nepal Red Cross to stock up for any new humanitarian emergency. The NGO is also involved in the rehabilitation of the original hospital in this region that was heavily damaged by the quake.