MSF Sending More Medical and Relief Teams to Assist Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

L aeroport de la ville de Salle.<br/> Room's aiport. *** Local Caption *** En juillet 2005, MSF a reçu l'autorisation de travailler à l'hôpital de district de Salle (zone gouvernementale) et à Rukumkot (zone sous contrôle maoïste). Un dispensaire devrait ouvrir courant 2006 dans le village carrefour de Radidjula, sur la commune d'Arviskot, où ont déjà lieu des cliniques mobiles.<br/> Beginning of the activities in the Maoists area (Rukumkot and Baphikot) in May-June 2005. In the mountains controlled by the Maoists, the supply drugs of the structures of health is irregular and the personnel is not always form to practise care of quality. To bring our assistance to the populations which live in these removed areas is thus one of our top priority since the opening of the program in Nepal. In July 2005, MSF received the authorization to work at the hospital of district of Room (governmental zone) and in Rukumkot (zone under control Maoist). A dispensary should open during 2006 in the village crossroads of Radidjula, on the commune of Arviskot, where mobile clinics already take place
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A 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the Kathmandu Valley before noon on Saturday, April 25. Although the full extent of the damage is still unknown, initial reports say houses and buildings collapsed in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Tremors were also strongly felt in northern India, in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending eight teams to assist those affected by the earthquake. Four MSF teams departed this morning from Bihar state in India and are currently at the border with Nepal clearing with authorities before heading to affected areas.

A surgical team composed of eight highly skilled MSF staff members will leave Brussels for Kathmandu this afternoon. Upon arrival the team will set up a surgical unit as well as run mobile clinics aimed at reaching affected people in remote areas.

One MSF team from Delhi, India, is now headed for Kathmandu after initially being re-routed back to India due to aftershocks. The team is expected in Kathmandu later today and will start providing medical assistance.

One team of medical and non-medical staff is headed for Kathmandu Valley from Japan.

More emergency supplies are being sent from Bordeaux, France, today.

Another MSF team from Amsterdam will depart today with additional medical and water and sanitation capacity.

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