Top News

Indonesia earthquake and tsunami: Malteser International supports reconstruction of health facilities

Article published on Malteser International website on 10/05/2018

Malteser International is supporting its Indonesian partner, YAKKUM with the repair and rehabilitation of damaged health centers on the island of Sulawesi following last Friday’s deadly earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

“With so many survivors of the earthquake injured, there is a need to put health facilities back into operation as soon as possible,” says Nicole Müller, Head of Malteser International’s response in Indonesia. “We will therefore provide health facilities with vital medical equipment and medicines.”

In addition to this assistance for reconstruction and rehabilitation, Malteser International has also made emergency funds available to deliver essential relief materials to the surrounding communities.

According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management on Friday, the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has risen to over 1,500. The disaster has also caused extensive damage to basic infrastructure like roads, electricity and water lines.

“We have to ensure that people have access to clean drinking water to reduce the risk of diseases like diarrhoea,” says Sari Mutia Timur, Director of YAKKUM’s Emergency Relief Department. “We are now faced with the challenge of transporting clean drinking water to remote areas using water trucks.”

Malteser International has been working with YAKKUM since the 2004 tsunami.


Related Articles

Poorer countries host most of the forcibly displaced

02/27/2017. Most of the 3.2 million who were driven from their homes in the first half of 2016 found shelter in low or middle income countries.

Cameroon: Helping Central African Refugees Overcome Trauma Caused by the Massacres

05/24/2015. The coup d’etat that took place in Central African Republic has leaved over than 2.5 millionmillions of people in dire need of assistance.

Partnerships Pave the Way for our Collective Roadmap

01/18/2017. Showing remarkable consensus in a period of uncertainty and of questioning the multilateral system, last year our global leaders adopted the most ambitious set of new policy frameworks that form our collective roadmap for the future.