When the earthquakes shook Nepal earlier this year, it wasn’t only homes that were wrecked, but vital resources like hospitals and clinics too.
Shortly after the second earthquake took place, ShelterBox response team members Nicola Hinds (UK) and Mike Peachey (NZ) travelled to a small community near Trisuli, north of Kathmandu to assist medical staff at the Kharanitaar Primary Health Post.
The clinic, which is the one of the major facilities in the incredibly mountainous region of Nepal, was left badly damaged after the earthquake. Cracks in the walls had weakened the buildings so much that they were no longer safe to use.
While the clinic had been provided with tents to use as an operating theatre and a birthing centre, there was nowhere for the medical staff to sleep.
As Nicola explains in this video, providing a ShelterBox tent, which gave the staff a safe place to stay overnight was incredibly important: ‘A lot of people will be relying on this centre for healthcare and medical staff have to stay here whenever they have in-patients, so they need somewhere to sleep.’