Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is wrapping up its emergency response in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the province on 28 September, causing significant damage and loss of life.
As of 30 October, 2,101 people are known to have died. A further 4,438 people have been seriously injured.
Search and rescue operations were stopped on 12 October. According to figures released by Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), at least 1,373 people have been reported missing.
Reacting to the disaster
“The Government of Indonesia, its local authorities and local non-governmental organisations were quick in reacting to the disaster,” explains Daniel von Rège, the country director of MSF in Indonesia.
“MSF, as an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation, has been complementing these efforts and providing for the gaps in the response,” Daniel explains.
We will continue our mental health activities into mid-December, prioritising individuals in communities but also offering further training to health staff, to help them continue to offer much-needed mental health support to the affected populations.
In the second week of November we finalised the construction of a temporary health centre in Baluase, south of Palu, and the installation of latrines and water tanks in selected camps for internally displaced people. This marked the end of our logistical support in Palu.
We also ended our clinical activities on 14 November, following an assessment of the community health centres (Puskesmas) and their ability to meet the health needs of the population.
When our team left, the Puskesmas were working at 80 to 90 per cent capacity and had already restored the health services and programmes they had been running prior to the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent liquefaction.
28 Sep 2018
Earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province
02 Oct 2018
MSF sends its first team to assess the situation
They work closely with the Indonesian Ministry of Health to identify key areas, both geographically and ‘thematically’
Our medical response takes shape
Based on this assessment, our medical activities in Central Sulawesi were concentrated in four areas: Baluase, in Sigi district, south of Palu; and Batusuya, Labuan, and Malei, all in Donggala district, along the north coast of Palu. Sigi was affected by liquefaction and Donggala was the area hardest hit by the tsunami and earthquake.
08 Oct 2018
A second MSF team arrives to provide further medical activities
These were mostly concentrated in the community of Baluase, where a mobile clinic was set up in the first three weeks and a temporary health structure was built. This structure, which can last up to five years, has now been handed over to the authorities.
MSF helped the health centres in in Labuan and Batusuya to resume their health services
In Labuan and Batusuya, MSF helped the health centres to resume their health services by providing clinical support, managing patients and donating materials and supplies needed, as well as referrals of more severe cases. During the second week of the intervention, MSF also helped rehabilitate Batusaya health structure, by fixing the roof and repairing the walls and windows.
In Malei, MSF health services were provided both in the health centre and through mobile clinics in the communities
Malei is four hours away from Palu City and the furthest area that MSF supported.
In total, MSF undertook about 1,000 consultations, within a total of 28 consultation days and at an average of 16 patients per day.
MSF turned over the water and sanitation facilities it has built to the Puskesmas and camps
A total of 17 water tanks in seven camps and villages, and 13 latrine units in two camps and a village, as well as in the temporary Puskesmas in Baluase.
15 Dec 2018
Ongoing mental healthcare services
Our mental health team is continuing its services to the affected communities and has plans to stay until mid-December.