Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Nepal Earthquake: How you can help

Over 8 million people have been affected by the Nepal Earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude impact. The earthquake has displaced thousands of people, ruined homes, and the death toll has risen to over 4,000.

The people of Nepal are greatly suffering and are in dire need of assistance and basic resources. The Nepal Earthquake has been labelled as the deadliest natural disaster in 80 years. Whilst rescue efforts have been deployed to the region, the aftershocks and following landslide on Tuesday in Kathmandu have hindered attempts and resulted in hundreds of individuals who have been declared missing.

SPHPM has five Nepalese PhD students, an MPH student an adjunct in the Jean Hailes Research Unit and our thoughts are with them and all those affected. The Australian Red Cross have implemented a Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal to provide assistance to the emergency response being launched within Nepal. Staff who would like to donate to the emergency relief can access this link here. Staff who wish to give directly to the Red Cross Appeal can access the Australian Red Cross Information page here.

Donation boxes are in place at all SPHPM locations including the Alfred campus, Forensic Medicine and at MCHRI in Clayton. Small donations, even just loose change can make all the difference and these donations will be provided to the Monash fund for the Australian Red Cross. 

Staff who are seeking any missing Australians in Nepal can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia) or via SMS on +61 421 269 080.

The Monash University Counselling Service is available to assist and support staff and students. Within Australia, the service can be contacted by calling +61 3 9905 3020 for all campuses. Services are available at the Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville and Peninsula campuses; an after-hours phone counselling service which can be contacted on 1800 350 359. For staff at  international campuses or overseas for any reason, the same service can be accessed at no charge by calling +61 3 8620 5300.

Our thoughts are with each and every individual affected by this horrific tragedy and we extend our thoughts to all those suffering in Nepal and those who have perished in the disaster.

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