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Using Local Networks in Humanitarian Disaster

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in the Gorkha District of Nepal caused severe destruction in 14 of the country’s 75 districts. Two weeks later, on 12 May, another quake of 7.3 magnitude hit with a more eastern epicenter, and worsened the humanitarian situation. According to the United Nations Dispatch, the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks affected approximately 5.6 million people, killed 8,891 people and displaced approximately 2.8 million.

Within days of the earthquake, relief flooded into the country and an estimated 100 international search and rescue and medical teams immediately dispatched to provide emergency relief and to help prepare for recovery. As the earthquakes affected predominantly remote mountain villages, rescue and humanitarian operations took place in extremely challenging terrain. Local knowledge and networks were critical in minimizing further death and damage and maximizing delivery of life-saving resources.

This is the story of several exemplary Nepalese who acted immediately to help their fellow citizens. Their response assisted countless individuals and invaluably directed international aid efforts.

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emBOLDen Alliances presents Global Health program with Physical Therapy students at National Conference

We jointly presented our Global Health Program with the three Global Health Student Club Leaders at the

American Physical Therapy Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

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Coming Up–Learn More

  • Mar 1-2, attending CU Boulder WASH Symposium.

  • Mar 19: Exhibitor, Rotary International WASH Symposium, Denver.

  • Apr 20: Guest Speaker, “Local Humanitarian Response to 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Looking Ahead,” American Red Cross Mile High Chapter.

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