UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are forming a multifaceted response to the crisis in Nepal caused by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25. This effort is led by the Nepalese students and employees at UNMC.
The earthquake near Kathmandu that toppled temples and triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest has killed more than 5,000 people and left up to 1.4 million people in the affected area without shelter, food, water and medical assistance.
The Nepal Relief Fund, established by the University of Nebraska Foundation to buy medicine and supplies for Nepal and deploy volunteer staff has been kick started by a donation from Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., and Dean of the College of Public Health Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H.
Questions about donating? Please contact Karen Levin of the University of Nebraska Foundation at 402-502-4921.
Your donation will help purchase supplies. Two hospitals – Grande International and Baidya and Banskota (B&B) – in Kathmandu have asked to receive the medical support. We are investigating free or low-cost shipping for these supplies through Gotlift, a relief organization.
Counseling services also are available free-of-charge to enrolled UNMC students, residents, faculty and employees who may experience distress as they witness via media the aftermath of the disaster.
Faculty and employees can contact the campus assistance program FEAP, a confidential service designated to assist faculty, employees and their families in addressing personal or work-related problems. FEAP counselors help with grief, loss, depression and anxiety. Students may call Dr. David Carver, director of the student counseling center at 402-559-7276 to make an appointment.