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A Plea for Help - Nepal Earthquake 2015

Sajag Bhattarai who is a research assistant in Dr. Arlene Drack’s lab is from Kathmandu, Nepal, and his wife Rakshya, a volunteer in our department, is also from Nepal. The photo shows scenes from Kathmandu after the earthquake, beside a photo of Sajag and Rakshya at a historic site in Nepal before the quake. Sajag kindly wrote up the following story for the Update. 

Quake devastationBefore the Quake
(click image for larger photo)

On April 25th 2015, Nepal was struck by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The initial devastation caused by this 7.9 magnitude earthquake has been massive, with death tolls over 4000 casualties reported so far; with casualties expected to go up in the Capital, Kathmandu, and in rural areas. The earthquake and its aftershocks have turned one of the world's most scenic regions into a panorama of devastation.

My family is safe but they are living outside the house in a tent as the house has severe cracks and aftershocks haven’t fully subsided.  Some of my friends, family and relatives took a toll in this disaster. The need for food, water, and shelter is going to be critical in the coming days.

The destruction in Kathmandu, the capital, is stark: revered temples reduced to rubble, people buried in the wreckage of their homes, hospitals short on medical supplies and overflowing with patients.

I am making this personal request to you if there is anything you can do to help those in need. Literally, every penny counts.

If you donate through FACEBOOK, Facebook will match your donations: 
https://www.facebook.com/nepalearthquakesupport

SHIKSHYA FOUNDATION NEPAL is another really good place to donate to, as most of the money will go directly to people in need.
https://www.crowdrise.com/NepalEarthquakeFund

You could also contribute donation to a relief fund set up by Iowa Nepalese Association , a 501(c)3 U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Greater Des Moines Area. The Relief fund will be disbursed to the local, national, and international organizations to support Rescue and Relief efforts as soon as possible. 
Online Donation: http://www.iowanepaleseassociation.org

You may also donate directly to International Organizations actively working for relief efforts by going through the central PayPal link - https://www.paypal-donations.com/pp-charity/web.us/campaign.jsp?cid=35

Thank you,

Sajag Bhattarai

Drack Lab

 [note from editor: CNN is now reporting the fatalities as above 5,200]

Kelly Baker on the mend
Sarah Smith Retirement

Lectures and Conferences

updated 9/22/2017

schedule subject to change


Mon

September 25

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Resident on call rounds
Fluorescein work session

Tue

September 26

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds -  Bryce Radmall, MD (Fellow)
Stone Rounds

Wed

September 27

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - Continuing Medical Education Office - CloudCME

Thu

September 28

8:00 AM
4:00 PM
5:30 PM

Ophthalmology Town Hall
Ophthalmology Town Hall
Sohn Rounds (Retina work room)

Fri

September 29

7:00 AM

BCSC - Dr. Carter - Lacrimal Disorders (film video for Dr. Robillard)

schedule subject to change


Mon

October 2

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Visiting faculty candidate Dr. Erin Boese
Fluorescein work session

Tue

October 3

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds -  Austin Fox, MD
Stone Rounds

Wed

October 4

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***

Thu

October 5

8:00 AM
5:30 PM

Morning Rounds - Dr. Syed - Pathology lecture series
Sohn Rounds (Retina work room)

Fri

October 6

7:00 AM

BCSC - Dr. Shriver - Plastics: Upper Eyelid Malposition

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Mon

October 9

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***
Fluorescein work session

Tue

October 10

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Morning Rounds -  Brittni Scruggs, MD, PhD
Stone Rounds

Wed

October 11

8:00 AM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***

Thu

October 12

8:00 AM
5:30 PM

Morning Rounds - ***Available***
Sohn Rounds (Retina work room)

Fri

October 13

7:00 AM

BCSC - Dr. Shriver - Plastics: Lower Eyelid Malposition

schedule subject to change



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