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Nepal earthquake

Tracy Parish

27 April, 2015

Burnet Institute expresses its sincere sadness at the loss of life and injuries suffered in Nepal from the devastating earthquake that stuck at 11.56am local time on 25 April, 2015.

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal and those on the ground responding to the humanitarian disaster.

Although Burnet no longer has direct activities in Nepal (after many collaborations during the 1990s and a Country Program from 2002-2003), in recent years our public health professionals have supported UN agencies and civil society partners to review the national HIV program in Nepal, and conduct studies supporting the establishment of adolescent-friendly health services.

The Australian Government has announced AUD$5 million in humanitarian assistance including $2.5 million through Australian NGOs (Humanitarian Partnership Agreement), $500,000 to the Australian Red Cross and $2 million through UN agencies. DFAT is also deploying a Crisis Response Team to Nepal.

Burnet Institute is a member of The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) who has launched an appeals page featuring the various Australian aid agencies responding to this crisis.

If you would like to donate to the relief effort, please visit ACFID’s site or your preferred agency.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Associate Professor David Anderson

Deputy Director (Partnerships), Burnet Institute; Co-Head, Global Health Diagnostics Development

Telephone

+61392822239

Email

[email protected]

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