Dear Dr Belani and Dr Jovita
Greetings from the Disaster Management Unit at St Johns! Thank you for your mails expressing support and solidarity with the affected in Nepal.
We are in constant touch with teams on the ground in Nepal doing ground level assessments to gauge when the situation is conducive to send teams in. Currently the infrastructure and connectivity is completely destroyed and teams going in are in complete disarray except govt teams. Also most teams are being sent back due to lack of coordination and infrastructure. Being an international situation we need to coordinate with the teams in place and the govt before going in. Also we need to send in teams to rural affected areas and not Katamandu.
CHAI and EHA and the YMCA of Nepal (who is a personal contact) are 3 agencies who are in touch with us updating us regarding the ground situation. One of our alumnus from the Batch of 2007 Dr Pravin who was on a holiday in Katmandu at the time of the disaster is at St Josephs College at Kathmandu currently contacted us for help and we have put him in touch with CHAI and he will be assisting them over the next few days. He will keep us posted.
In the meantime our teams of volunteers from St Johns are in readiness and standby waiting for further information before they can go in to further rural areas in Nepal.
We will keep you posted regarding our efforts and look forward to your continued support. Do disseminate this information to the others regarding the Disaster Management efforts of St Johns in Nepal.
Convener, Disaster Management Unit,
St Johns National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore
Dr Pretesh Kiran
Assistant Professor, Community Health
Joint Coordinator, Senior Citizen Health Service
Convener, Disaster Management Unit
Faculty, Medical Education
St Johns National Academy of Health Sciences
Bangalore - 570034
Tel - 9845272765