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A message from Dr. Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean of Global Health and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health

Monday, April 27, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. PDT

We are deeply saddened by the large magnitude earthquake that occurred over the weekend in Nepal. We realize there are many people in the Stanford community with relatives, colleagues and friends on the ground and we share worries and hopes.

All Stanford University students and faculty members in Nepal prior to the earthquake are safe and have departed the country, and several Stanford activities have been mobilized for emergency response.

We are working closely with our emergency medicine colleagues who have joined with the International Medical Committee to help with relief efforts and assess needs on the ground.

The Stanford Geospatial Center, in partnership with Humanitarian Open Street Map, is leading a crowd-sourced mapping effort to help facilitate coordination and information sharing particularly around sanitation and road access concerns based on the US Military’s ground level assessment today.

The disruption of water and sanitation increases risk of a potential large-scale cholera outbreak, particularly as cholera is more common during the Spring season. Stanford cholera experts are exploring vaccine needs and assessing stockpiles.

Recognizing the critical importance of a coordinated global response relief effort, we are in close communication with colleagues in Nepal, as well as US and international aid organizations to inform next steps.

If you wish to donate to support the Nepal disaster response, following are a few organizations to consider:

    ·    Red Cross

    ·    International Medical Corps

    ·    UNICEF

    ·    Doctors Without Borders

    ·    UN World Food Programme

    ·    Save the Children

    ·    OxFam

    ·    CARE

    ·    Catholic Relief Services

    ·    Mercy Corps

We will continue to share updates related to Stanford relief efforts in the coming days and weeks.

Updated April 28, 2015


Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00 a.m. PDT

Paul Auerbach, MD, Stanford professor and chief of emergency medicine, is part of an International Medical Corps team that arrived yesterday in Kathmandu to assist with the earthquake relief efforts. Below is an excerpt from his first assessment on the ground. Read the full report on Stanford Medicine's Scope blog.

"The local medical community has responded aggressively to this situation, and the health professionals have been working around the clock to tend to patients. The overall community led by volunteers is assessing its capabilities to support shelter, hygiene, provision of safe water and food, and integration of its capabilities with those that are coming in relief. The government is working hard to integrate its efforts with non-governmental agencies, other countries, and generous donors of all necessary aspects of the much needed relief effort.

Please keep the people of Nepal in your thoughts and prayers."

**NOTE TO STANFORD PERSONNEL: Anyone traveling overseas is encouraged to register their travel with the Office of International Affairs.

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