With on-the-ground expertise, technology entrepreneurship and determination to rebuild their country after the deadly April 2015 earthquake, Nepal’s young adults are blazing a trail for disaster relief that could shape the way future rescue missions are carried out.
Volunteers, owners of tech startups and local do-it-yourself enthusiasts put together various emergency infrastructure using the Internet and social media, Quartz writes.
Then there is Medication for Nepal, which became a link between hospitals and health posts that ran out of life-saving drugs after the earthquake and during the blockade. It is now a peer-to-peer platform aimed at getting free drugs to society’s poorest, an online link between medical officers who need drugs and people who have access to them. It has distributed around 7 metric tons (7.7 tons) of drugs in 14 districts.
Really encouraging. Let’s just hope they don’t need to mobilize again anytime soon.