Nepal Lifeline: Health, Airport Customs Holding up Aid Relief?

Lifeline: Health

Nepal’s Rural Poor, Hardest Hit By Earthquake, Now Face Massive Health Threat reported the Huffington Post on 29th April. The reports of a Health issues are not found to be in focus today which either shows the issues are being dealt with or a full assessment of the situation is yet to be made to the public or media.

On the other hand WHO (World Health Organisation) have reported 17 of the 21 Hospitals in the 21 District were in operation and sufficient health personnel were available to treat patients. The draw back is the current shortage in supplies.

Nepal has not been renowned for providing the best health care system, and were in 2010 ranked 139th in terms of life expectancy, so with the extra help from International Aid and volunteers, the medical teams seem to be working diligently and doing a good job.

Airport Customs Holding up Aid Relief?

The BBC have reported US aid planes are arriving in Kathmandu to help deliver aid to remote areas. In the same article the United Nations have said the problem of customs controls holding up aid deliveries from the airport was “diminishing”, which could be a great sign and can reflect the governments desire to change and improve with input from the aid agencies, which will be a key in the next months and few years to come when Nepal are redeveloping their country.

What is the PM’s Disaster Relief Fund and What it is Not?

There have been questions about Nepal Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund, we believe this is explained in a blog by Siromani Dhungana. There are questions about how the government could abuse the donations and the transparency of it but hopefully with the focus from the International Media this will not be the case. From PM Relief website we can see the contributions and the allocated funds but there isn’t a breakdown in the figures therefore at the moment there is not yet a clear transparency on what the funds have been allocated, we hope this will change in the near future.

For extra reading there is an inspirational reading by the Asia Director for IsraAID from 30th April titled “In Nepal: Hero of the day“.

Certainly things are not perfect but we believe things will slowly improve after people learn from their mistakes and help each other.
For those of you who are worried about where your donations are going to go, it maybe a good idea to wait for things to calm down in 3 months time and donate. Nepal will need people to donate but if your put off by all the media news then waiting and keeping the money in an account with some interest rates, then offering it at a later date is a good idea (certainly better than not donating at all because you are worried about the corruption 🙂 ).