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Emergency response to humanitarian crisis in Nepal

On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earth quake struck the country of Nepal and caused a national crisis.

Since then thousands of people have died and millions of lives have been affected by this natural disaster. For those within the Nepalese bleeding disorders community, this heartbreaking tragedy has struck them particularly hard. The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) has been in contact with Beda Raj Dhungana, the president of the Nepal Hemophilia Society (NHS) in Kathmandu, since the earthquake hit. Through NHS, the WFH has learned they lost several members of their community to the disaster and  many homes have been either completely destroyed or severely damaged.

With a massive influx of injured to the hospitals that remain standing, the issue now for patients with bleeding disorders is getting the treatment they need. Supplies of locally produced treatment products and previously donated factor concentrates have either been lost to the disaster or have been used up by the critically injured patients, leaving many others without any access to treatment. To make matters worse, the region has been hit by intense tremors and another massive quake measuring 7.3 in magnitude. This has thrown the healthcare system into chaos, including any support system for people with bleeding disorders. There are insufficient relief materials within the capital and the situation is even worse in the rural areas.

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The WFH and its global partners have responded to the most immediate needs of the Nepalese bleeding disorders community within the country.  The Mary Gooley Hemophilia Center, the WFH Twinning partner with  the Civil Service Hospital in Kathmandu since 2015,  has worked to address this need by raising over $37,000 to date. This will go to help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes of those within the Nepalese bleeding disorders community. Within this amount, the Hemophilia Alliance has contributed $15,000 to help those in need. To donate to the Mary Gooley Hemophilia Center and help them reach their goal, please click here.

The Mary Gooley Hemophilia Center has also shipped 96,000 IUs of factor to NHS. WFH corporate partners CSL Behring, Baxter and Pfizer have also offered humanitarian aid donation support to help the Nepalese bleeding disorders community, with CSL donating 216,000 units of factor IX, Baxter donating 732,627 IUs, along with 75,000 IUs from Pfizer through the WFH Humanitarian Aid Program. This will help provide some emergency relief to members of the community in need of treatment. These donations will go a long way to helping the bleeding disorders community recover from this disaster. As the Nepalese community has a long way back to recovery, the WFH will support efforts to provide whatever relief is possible.

To learn more about the WFH Humanitarian Program, please click here.