Friends of Patan Hospital

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Donate Now to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal

FOPH is seeking donations to help pay for the medical care of earthquake victims, and we will be rapidly sending funds to Kathmandu to help this greatly needed endeavor.

FOPH also handles donations in support of Okhaldhunga Hospital in rural Nepal. If you would like to designate your donation for Okhaldhunga, please send an e-mail to at the time of your donation to let us know.

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May 12th Update on Nepal Earthquake Relief:

Dear all well wishers,

Today we felt and survived few greater magnitude earthquakes.We are safe but the country is not. Till now we already have 45 cases though no death troll yet. Most of the parts of hospital has been evaculated and OT has been shifted to tent and and the deliveries in the field.

Current Status at 3pm (NST) after today's earthquake:
Total Victims - 45 (Red-1, Yellow-1, Green-43) and expecting more
Surgery completed- 1 @ Tent set-up
Cesarian Delivery - 1 @ Tent set-up
Normal Delivery -1 Tent set-up

We appreciate whatever immediate support you can in the regard.

Archana Shrestha

May 7th Update on Nepal Earthquake Relief:

Thousands of people were injured by falling bricks and walls in the earthquake, and many require surgery to repair their battered bodies. Although the operating rooms at Patan Hospital have been running at capacity since the earthquake, they have been unable to keep up with the need. Worse, the backlog is growing, not shrinking, because Patan Hospital has begun to receive patients airlifted into the Kathmandu valley from outlying areas.

In the past 11 days, Patan Hospital has treated nearly 1600 earthquake victims. Below are the statistics of the earthquake disaster victims as of 05 May 2015, Tuesday:

Victims brought to Patan Hospital --1575
Admitted patients ------------------ 160
Discharged patients ------------------38
Expires ------------------------------57
Major operations --------------------100
Minor operations ---------------------22

Patan Hospital contacted us late on May 5 to give us these stats, and also to tell us that they could have done better. They had both the human resources and the space to operate; what they lacked was the supplies. "Had we had the adequate budget," wrote Patan Hospital Communications Officer Archana Shrestha, "we could have provided our service more smoothly to both the disaster victims as well as our regular patients. Thus we are in dire need of these [surgical] equipments for the treatment of the victims."

The money that people around the world donated to Friends of Patan Hospital and Friends of Nepal will go towards outfitting and opening two new operating theaters and a surgical ICU. Patan Hospital has already begun procuring supplies such as anesthesia machines, operating table lights, ventilators, monitors, portable X-ray machines, patient trolleys, surgical instruments, ECG machines, and defibrillators. They hope to open the new rooms within days.

Update from Patan Hospital 4/25 11:43am

We are ok, 500+ injured, 46 casualties in our hospital, we are standby through night to have shift-wise rest for staff, students. In pvt clincs, corridors, and basic science classroom, relatively safe being on ground floor, students have been greatest helping hands...will have more details by tomorrow, the open space in front of hosp buildings and opd hall are used as makeshift wards. Have postponed regular opd and or tomorrow, will need few days to get to normal hospital functioning.

God bless us all
Dr. Jay Shah, Patan Hospital

***FOPH Contribution to Patan Hospital Recognized by Nepal's Prime Minister at 25th Anniversary Celebration. See "Recent News."***

Friends of Patan Hospital (FOPH) is a U.S. charity which supports a remarkable hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Patan Hospital provides quality compassionate care to everyone who comes, regardless of ability to pay — to people not only from the Kathmandu area but also from remote villages. In addition, the hospital trains medical personnel who then serve throughout Nepal.