Social Justice assumes that we recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This overarching principle applies to the equality of providing health care to those in need. Need is dramatic when a catastrophe hits. In April of 2015 23,000 people were injured by the earthquakes and landslides in Nepal. The immediate medical care was remarkably good considering the numbers of persons needing treatment and the rural locations of many of the injured. Now, 8 months later, thousands still require rehabilitation to recover from the multiple fractures, amputations, spinal cord and brain injuries sustained in the quakes and landslides. This portion of our world community needs our support to achieve justice for all who cannot access rehabilitation services and who because of disabilities cannot work.
The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead has a long standing commitment to social justice work. We responded quickly to disaster relief after Katrina sending members to rebuild homes. Our minister, Rev. Wendy von Courter, was imprisoned when leading the call for justice for immigrants. And we have led in the call for racial justice and housing for homeless.
Now we are calling for social justice in providing rehabilitation care and vocational training to those injured in the Nepal earthquakes and those in the general public needing rehabilitation. Patricia E. Sullivan, DPT, PhD a member of the Social Action Committee of UUCM has 25 years of providing physical therapy services, education and consultation internationally. For the past few years she has consulted at Kathmandu University’s Dhulikhel Hospital to improve their physical therapy services and teaching methodologies. After the earthquakes she was asked by her Nepalese colleagues to assist in disaster relief. To that end she established Rehab Nepal, Inc. to provide that support and to provide a mechanism to collect donations and oversee fund raising.
Dr. Sullivan has the full and unanimous support of the UUCM Social Action Committee. Last year we recognized her remarkable international contributions which include providing service, teaching and consulting in 17 countries, by presenting her with the Social Justice award. She as President of Rehab Nepal Inc. is submitting this proposal for your consideration.
Full proposal is available here UUA Nepal Proposal a