Many team members have deployed previously on Scripps missions to the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and to Haiti following the earthquake there in 2010. The team will be working in a mobile field hospital being delivered to Nepal. Teams from Stanford and Harvard universities will also be responding as part of the International Medical Corps' efforts.
“We are proud and honored to be able to offer help in this tragic situation,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “Responding to emergencies like the one in Nepal and others we’ve helped out with in the past not only provides needed aid to victims of those crises; it gives our team needed experience to help out in case of disasters here at home.”
Scripps is also planning for a potential second team to follow the first.
More than 5,000 have keen killed in the 7.8-magnitude Nepal earthquake, which struck April 25 and was epicentered in the Katmandu Valley. Aid reportedly has begun to reach the remote villages affected. Meanwhile, the United Nations has launched an appeal for $415 million in emergency relief over the next three months.
– Scripps Health