| May 01, 2015
Dominic Bowen, our Acting Country Director in Nepal, was able to check in with us via satellite phone for 15 minutes this morning. He reported on what the team has seen today and their plans for the next 24 hours.
Today, the team trekked by car 11 hours about 50 miles to arrive at the northwest part of Dhading District, where we are setting up a mobile medical clinic.
This district is one of the most affected areas by the earthquake. Dhading District continues to have regular tremors. In fact, there was an earthquake just as the team shut down to rest. The damage here is very significant, with local officials reporting that 80% of household are damaged or destroyed.
Amidst it all, the team meets a 3-year-old child with a broken leg, whose parents were killed in the quake. God in His mercy allowed the team to come across this boy.
Tonight the team is staying in camping tents, avoiding structures. The buildings that are not demolished look like a strong wind will blow them over, Dominic reports. It is raining heavily and flooding is a problem for the team. They are camped by a hard ground so they can be prepared to run out in the event of another earthquake.
Throughout the night they've heard a mother with a crying newborn, in the rubble of a destroyed hospital.
Tomorrow they will hike about 3 hours through the Himalayan mountains, carrying all of their supplies with them. Each team member has 150lbs worth of medical supplies plus survival gear. They must bring every medical supply they have; they do not want to risk coming across an acute injury and not have the supplies to treat it.
Dominic reports that it is very difficult to decide which community will get helped first because the needs are so intense. They have no idea what to expect in the community they are entering; it is very remote and has not had any medical assistance yet. It had a health clinic, but the government and team do not know if it was destroyed. They will quickly set up a clinic, establishing triage, treatment area(s), a pharmacy, and a referral system. Because there are no roads, they will identify a suitable landing zone in case they need to coordinate a helicopter for emergency evacuations. Our partner Nepal Shanti will be providing paramedics to compliment the skills of MTI's medical team
MTI has deliberately chosen to care for those in the most geographically isolated area, to help those in most need. We need to reach the most injured, weakest, and most marginalized people in the community. To do so, volunteers will be walking throughout the area, spreading the word about our clinic. Dominic worries those in most need will be too afraid or unable to get to the clinic: "that is a genuine fear of mine, that we're going to miss out on the most vulnerable." The team will compare demographic data to the types of patients they see, to make sure no subset of the population is being missed. If so, they will find a way to get the message out about the clinic to these groups.
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