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.