Earlier this week, Direct Relief awarded SIRC with funding of US$300,000 to continue SIRC’s great work in providing post-earthquake medical care and SCI rehabilitation services to their patients. WOW!
Direct Relief are a California-based NGO whose primary focus is the provision of medical resources in times of emergency or as a result of poverty. Their reputation is second to none, they have been active in Nepal for many years and know the lay of the land. Having this local expertise is key to making a real difference on the ground, and with Direct Relief, it shows.
This award is in no small thanks to the hard work and dedication of SIRC’s admin team including (but not limited to!) Esha Thapa SIRC Executive Director and Nikita Shrestha, SIRC Program Coordinator. Huge thanks to Stephen and Maggie Muldoon of Livability International for their continued support, guidance and encouragement. A team effort as always.
Here’s an excerpt from Direct Relief’s announcement that specifically mentions SIRC:
2. Supporting Long-Term Medical and Rehabilitation Services for Earthquake Survivors
Earthquakes often cause traumatic injuries that, even if treated successfully, result in lifelong disabling conditions for the injured persons. Direct Relief’s experience in post-disaster situations has reinforced the importance of supporting the institutions and services that provide the specialized care for such persons – and will do so for decades. This has been a priority during the past three months, and Direct Relief believes this use of Nepal earthquake funds is important as it will provide essential long-term benefit to those left with disabling conditions from the quakes.
Direct Relief is supporting the Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children (HRDC) and the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) with medical materials and funding to sustain and expand these essential services. These dedicated rehabilitation departments and facilities are essential to the health outcomes and quality of life for people who have sustained traumatic injuries.
The Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) was established in 2002 by Nepali nonprofit Spinal Injury Sangha Nepal. Spinal cord injuries (SCI) require specialized treatment and life-long management. SIRC is the only facility in Nepal that specializes exclusively in the rehabilitative care, treatment, education, and disability management of patients with spinal cord injuries. Studies have shown that the mortality rates within the first year for patients who have sustained an SCI are dramatically reduced when access to a hospital-based rehabilitation department or national rehabilitation facility is established
Specializing in musculo-skeletal disorders, HRDC focuses its treatment and rehabilitation services on children below 18 years of age with priority given to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. HRDC also conducts medical outreach missions throughout Nepal. These missions target children living in remote and underprivileged communities, where medical care is inaccessible.
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Note: Check out our very own Chanda Rana – SIRC’s Rehab in Charge saying some words of thanks at 1:07 mins mark in the clip. She is pictured at the SIRC facility with the Kavre hills in the background.
Also of note, HRDC also a recipient of Direct Relief’s funding, is located on the edge of the town of Banepa. Banepa is where I lived while I worked at SIRC last year. Congratulations to HRDC on their successful funding application also.