International Rehabilitation Forum (IRF) We are just now realizing the devastation leveled by the April 25th earthquake just northeast of Kathmandu. According to AAP Member and IRF President, Dr. Andrew Haig of the University of Michigan, "While the immediate response to those injured in this devastating earthquake is critical, thousands of earthquake survivors likely will be left with severe disabilities from brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and other trauma. IRF is assisting the country's only physician in the physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty – Dr. Raju Dhakal, a resident finishing his training in Bangladesh - in developing plans for immediate and continuing care for people who will have life-changing disabilities."
AAP and IRF encourages you to help out now by opening up your wallets and donating to immediate relief. The value of your donation in western currency will multiply nearly 5 times when it is used in Nepal.
Project Spinal Nepal The disaster in Nepal has overwhelmed local resources and they are in need of supplies and spinal cord injury (SCI) experts to provide treatment for the significant influx of injured individuals in need of spinal cord rehabilitation. Through a contact with Spinal Nepal, a rehabilitation center specializing SCI in Nepal, AAP member Geoffrey Hall of Rusk Rehabilitation, is helping to coordinate teams of SCI experts including physiatrists, Nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and residents to facilitate trainings for local providers in Nepal and also treat patients in organized clinics to benefit the local population. “Recognizing the need for medical triage and first responders, we would like to line up SCI rehab teams to travel beginning in September 2015 and coordinate teams to support and follow thereafter,” says Geoffrey.
“This need and effort will be more than one institution or department can reasonably handle so it is my hope that together we will be able to do something meaningful. Please let me know if your department would be interested in being part of the training program for local providers, the SCI clinics in Nepal and/or if your department could assist in the donation of needed supplies. Anything you can do will be of help. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest or want to discuss in more detail.”
Images provided by Dr. Raju Dhakal and International Rehabilitation Forum.