Update: Sutter Donation Makes Life-Changing Difference in Nepal
In April, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people and leaving millions homeless. To support humanitarian relief efforts there, Sutter Health donated $500,000 to two international disaster aid organizations: International Medical Corps and Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund. Each organization received $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.
Recently, both organizations provided more detail on how Sutter Health’s donations helped bring life-saving care—including mobile medical unit support, medicine, food and shelter—to earthquake victims:
International Medical Corps organized emergency response teams that brought medical care to people in the areas hardest hit by the quake:
- Provided health services for 185,000 people—including 4,547 clinical consultations
- Supported two central hospitals that provided surgeries and post-operative care
- Deployed mobile medical units to bring urgently needed medicine and supplies to nearly 100,000 people in hard-to-reach villages
- Constructed more than 660 latrines and 190 hand-washing stations used by about 16,500 people
- Gave cash grants for food and shelter to about 25,000 men, women and children who lost everything in the disaster
Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund organized more than 7,000 volunteers, staff and other team members to support people in the most affected communities. The group continues to meet with Nepal’s government and the Nepal Red Cross to plan for long-term recovery. Specifically, the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund:
- Distributed 105,000 tarps and 27,000 blankets to quake victims
- Provided essential water and sanitation services—including 600,000 water purification tablets
- Delivered more than 5,000 non-food relief kits and 79,000 bars of soap
Beyond our donation to support those in Nepal, our not-for-profit network gives millions every year to create healthier communities through programs and services that respond to community needs. In 2014, our network invested $767 million in care and services for the poor and underserved. Our hospitals also care for more low-income Medi-Cal patients in Northern California than any other health system.