Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As a Principal Member of the American Society of Indian Plastic Surgeons (ASIPS), I have been invited by Doctors Without Borders Southeast Asia section to help with the reconstructive surgery efforts in Nepal.
I will be leaving in the next 3 to 4 weeks and will spend 10 days there. Working with other Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Nurses and Humanitarian Aid Workers, we’ll operate in 2 hospitals within the heavily-impacted areas.
The surgeons and other medical personnel typically pay for the costs of the missions mostly out of their own pockets.
We’re hoping to raise money to offset the cost of medical supplies, as well as, food and water in the earthquake-ravaged areas.
I’m reaching out to you to see if you or someone you know would be willing to help our fundraising efforts.
All of the money raised will go directly towards the people that need assistance, as well as patient care. As you know, I’ve been involved in missions in different parts of India, as well as other parts of the world for the last 10 years . This mission will likely be much more difficult, since it will require more infrastructure and financial support.
We have established a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the mission:
In addition to helping us defray the costs, here is another reason we would appreciate even the smallest contribution from you:
There is news about government officials trying to channel all the donations through their accounts. There are rumors that relief funds from around the world are being held at Katmandu Customs, to be taxed up to 14%, before being “distributed” by the government.
People are still dying from the injuries, lack of food, water and shelter! We want ALL the funds to be spent on our surgical relief efforts.
I hope you will consider donating and remember, all donations are tax-deductible.
Please visit our GoFundMe page and, if you are able to do so, help us make a huge difference in the lives of our Nepalese friends:
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Munish Batra, MD, FACS
Coastal Plastic Surgeons