IMC Responds to Devastating Floods in Indonesia
13 Feb 2007 16:36:00 GMT
Source: International Medical Corps (IMC) – USA
Natalia Cieslik
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IMC Responds to Devastating Floods in Indonesia Santa Monica, Calif., February 13, 2007 – International Medical Corps is responding to the devastating floods in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Working with long-time partner, Ambulan 118 – a local non-governmental organization that provides emergency medical personnel, supplies and drugs – IMC teams are currently providing medical assistance in areas with large gaps in primary health care service. While water levels have gone down survivors are still in urgent need of food, clean water and medical assistance. IMC and its local partner operate four mobile clinics and see hundreds of patients every day. The distribution of pre-stocked medication to the sick helps to mitigate flood related diseases like respiratory tract infections, gastritis, and dermatitis. According to news reports local hospitals are overwhelmed with people suffering from waterborne diseases. IMC’s response is closely coordinated with local health authorities who fear the floods might cause widespread and severe diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid from contaminated drinking water.

“The need for our mobile clinics continues because ten hospitals and 14 health centers in the area are affected by the floods. Now people are returning to their homes but they are at high risk of contracting infectious diseases because the drinking water is contaminated,” says Edi Cosic, IMC Country Director Indonesia. “We will work closely with the local authorities and hope to assist the flood-affected communities during the recovery phase.” Jakarta and nearby areas have been hit by the worst floods in five years. People are slowly returning to their homes but according to news reports about 2,300 are still displaced in Jakarta alone. 94 people have died, and in some areas water levels reached up to 10 feet. The physical destruction will take months to repair, with homes, schools, and roads completely destroyed.

International Medical Corps has been operating in the area since 1999. As a first-responder after the 2004 tsunami that killed 250,000 people across Southeast Asia, IMC was able to deliver medical services and supplies to the people of Indonesia within hours of the disaster. Indonesia also has been hard-hit by a succession of large earthquakes in the past two years. International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, IMC rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.