Doctors Without Borders in Nepal

For more than 10 years, Dr. John Fritz has operated a private practice in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he provides general family care and specializes in treating patients with diabetes. A lifetime resident of Jersey City, Dr. John Fritz has participated in several medical missions to Southeast Asia with Doctors Without Borders.

Since 1971, Doctors Without Borders has been providing medical aid in countries affected by war and natural disaster. The organization is active in more than 70 countries, including Nepal, which was affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015. Doctors Without Borders mobilized to provide medical assistance and food by helicopter, as well as to provide emergency medical transportation from remote villages to hospitals in Kathmandu.

In the wake of several more earthquakes, Doctors Without Borders established a temporary field hospital in Arughat that treated an average of 100 patients daily for ailments such as diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, and wounds. The hospital also saw an average of 15 emergency room patients with fractures and more complex wounds sustained in the earthquake.