As most of you know I was in Nepal leading a team of nurse volunteers on our regular education programs when the initial earthquake occurred. We immediately sprung into action and changed into a disaster relief team. Because we were already in Nepal, with multiple local contacts, we were able to provide immediate medical aid to those who needed it most. We worked at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in the Emergency department supporting both Medical and Nursing staff and providing materials when required.
Thanks to our supporters across the world we were able to act very quickly, and provide a first line of response to the immediate crisis need for supplies and medications. I am extremely proud that our basic first aid packs have been distributed to more than 70 individuals and organisations who reached out to us for help.
Our regular programs were put on hold to provide this relief and our incredible volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide effective disaster relief.
Now, over 18 days has passed since the first earthquake and the number of large government and non-government organisations to arrive in Nepal is staggering. They have the capability to provide huge amounts of aid relief and can work with the Nepali Government to provide the most effective care with much needed coordination.
At this stage, Nurse Teach Reach recognises that these organisations can now provide more effective immediate relief at a much greater capacity. We have therefore made the decision to return our efforts back to our long term education development plans with a focus on disaster and emergency nurse training.
Our primary focus for the past trip was to develop a specialty Emergency Nurse Training program, and I believe that the skills we have been teaching have helped save lives over recent weeks. We will run our program in collaboration with TUTH, The Nepali Nurses Association and other senior nurse leaders within Nepal. Our focus continues to be on providing short educational programs which involve lectures, clinical simulation and bed side teaching. We want to return to this goal, And moving forward a major focus of our programs will involve participants visiting remote villages and providing education to the local health staff who were most affected by the earthquake.
And so after a shaky 48 hours following the second major quake and aftershocks, today I have arrived back in Australia to regroup. It's a hard decision to leave, but I know that we'll be back in Nepal later in the year to deliver the next phase of our education program .
I never expected Nurse Teach Reach to be involved in a major humanitarian crisis event in Nepal, but I'm glad that the skills of our amazing specialist nurse volunteers were able to be put to good use in this beautiful country's time of need.
I'd also like to thank everyone who has played a role in Nurse Teach Reach and backed our efforts over recent weeks. While it has been tough going for our team in Kathmandu, we couldn't have done it without your support.