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Natural disaster

  • MSF first started working in Indonesia in October 1995, when it provided emergency aid to the victims of a devastating earthquake in Kerinci, Sumatra.
  • Teams provided treatment and medication for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as general healthcare, surgery, vaccination campaigns, sanitation programmes and training for staff.
  • After the Asian tsunami in 2004, MSF refurbished 28 health facilities, conducted more than 40,000 medical consultations and provided 2,000 individual counselling sessions. In 2008 it was clear that the Indonesian government’s capacity to deal with natural disasters had considerably increased.
  • Most internal conflicts had been resolved or had subsided and a large proportion of the previously displaced people had been able to resettle.
  • MSF projects were therefore handed over to local authorities and partners, a process that was completed by March 2009.

Sumatra earthquake

  • On 30th September 2009, a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra leaving more than 1,000 people dead.
  • MSF returned temporarily to provide survivors with emergency medical assistance via mobile clinics in some of the most neglected rural areas, as wel as water and sanitation services and psychological care.
  • Teams distributed essential relief items such as hygiene kits, kitchen utensils, blankets, mats and plastic sheeting to 1,600 families.

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MSF worked in Indonesia between 1995 and 2009