Blood Bags for Teaching Hospital Nepal
Amount Requested: $5,000 USD
Nepal has been suffering from an economic blockade for the past 3 months. brought about by protests in the Terai, Nepal’s south plains, over disagreements over the new constitution . Trucks from India are not allowed to freely pass the border with India. There is an acute shortage of petrol and lifesaving medicines among other essential supplies. There is no sign of the situation improving and there is a black marketing on petrol, medicine and other critical supplies. Bringing in emergency supplies by air is the only option for now.
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Research by the Teaching Hospital Nepal shows that there are 25,000 blood bags needed in Nepal. We propose to start with supplying around 2500 blood bags worth $5,000 USD from India (one bag is around 200 NPR - around 2 USD) using Nepali volunteers who are coming via air to Kathmandu. Each volunteer will carry 25 bags. Volunteers in India will buy blood bags (in line with specification of Red Cross) and will be reimbursed in Nepal. We choose to use courriers because Indian airlines are forbidden to carry essentials cargo, but so far there are no restrictions on carrying medicines in passenger’s luggage.
The Teaching Hospital Nepal will issue letters to the volunteers to avoid any hassles and will provide customs clearance support at Tribhuvan International Airport upon arrival.
The Teaching Hospital Nepal will provide details of where the donated medical supplies will be disbursed for free. We plan on finishing this project within in 3 to 4 weeks.
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