ADRA to Assist 5,000 Affected by Deadly Floods in Nepal
The relief agency will set up two medical camps to counter diarrhea and malaria.
, South Pacific Adventist Record
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, or ADRA, is establishing two temporary medical camps in Nepal to help 5,000 people as it seeks to counter a growing health crisis caused by deadly flooding.
Flooding after days of torrential rain in late August killed at least 32 people and affected 180,000 others, including 30,000 families that were left homeless.
As the country struggles to clean up and remains on alert for additional flooding, authorities have reported a rapid increase in potentially deadly illnesses, including diarrhea and malaria.
“Contaminated water, animal carcasses and the poor facilities available to those living in make-shift shelters place people at significant risk,” said Beryl Hartmann, a program coordinator for the Australia branch of ADRA, which is setting up the health camps.
Medical teams, which include doctors, nurses, public health educators and other staff, will provide immediate relief and treatment in the region and refer more serious cases to hospitals.
ADRA’s main work is focused on the districts of Bardiya and Banke, where floodwaters destroyed all four local health facilities. ADRA is helping those facilities get back on their feet by providing basic equipment and medicine, Hartmann said.
“Street-drama, group discussions and demonstration lessons will also be used to promote preventative and positive health behaviors,” she said.
ADRA said more than 5,000 people will directly benefit from its efforts.
ADRA, which responds to disasters across around the world, has a number of ongoing projects. It is providing medical help amid an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled violence in their homeland, and relief and reconstruction work after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
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