Spinal injury urgent priority, according to World Health Organisation and Nepal government
As of May 9, there have been at least 17,871 injuries and over 8,000 fatalities recorded as a result of the two earthquakes.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nepal government, there have been 173 documented spinal injuries resulting from the earthquakes. This number is predicted to rise to between 300-400.
Spinal injury rehabilitation is therefore a number one need, and currently medical staff on the ground are under resourced and under staffed.
The only spinal cord rehabilitation centre in Nepal is the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) which Livability International is a partner of and is currently fundraising for.
The most pressing issue at SIRC is a lack of beds. It has extended its capacity to 76 beds, but needs many more.
Your donations can go towards paying for more of these beds. It is essential in order to accommodate these patients who otherwise have nowhere to go.
Livability International is a part of the UK national disability charity Livability and provides advisory and strategic assistance on matters relating to spinal injuries in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Our focus is on providing long term rehabilitative assistance to not only improve people’s health, but facilitate the improvement of wellbeing through bringing people back into the community, in the same way that Livability does in the UK. http://www.abilitysunday.org.uk/services/international/