Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Response

Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Response
Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Response
Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Response
Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Response

Project Report | Apr 4, 2019
Update: UNICEF's Response

By Mansi Mehta | Assistant Director, Global Cause Partnerships


Dear Friend,

On September 28th 2018, a series of strong earthquakes struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province. The strongest earthquake triggered a tsunami, which struck Palu and Donggala districts, resulting in significant damage and loss of life. Thousands of families have lost their homes and access to services, requiring relocation to safer areas. An estimated 1.9 million people were affected, including 665,000 children. Over 211,000 people are internally displaced and living in camps with many more residing in spontaneous and informal settlements.

UNICEF is responding to the earthquake-tsunami disaster in Sulawesi and Lombok under the leadership of the Government of Indonesia and in partnership with local and international NGOs. UNICEF is uniquely placed to bridge immediate humanitarian and more long-term development interventions.

UNICEF’s main priorities in the recovery and relief have been:

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a priority for UNICEF given the potential for a catastrophic outbreak of disease. The response focuses on the immediate provision of safe water, basic sanitation and community engagement around hygiene practices.
  • UNICEF’s Health-sector support includes technical assistance in the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases, malaria control, and management of newborn and childhood illnesses platform. In doing so, UNICEF facilitates health assessments to identify gaps in services for pregnant women, newborns and children under five. UNICEF is also supporting capacity development through local partners to provide immunization, malaria and essential maternal, newborn and child care packages.
  • In Nutrition, UNICEF’s efforts focus on strengthening the coordination of organizations working on nutritional assessment-and-surveillance system. Additionally, UNICEF is enhancing access to emergency services, such as infant and child-feeding counseling and management of severe acute malnutrition.
  • UNICEF’s Child Protection-sector response focuses on strengthening the capacity at the district and provincial level for integrated child welfare services, including case management support, birth registration and replacement of lost identity documentation.
  • In Education, UNICEF supports the Government with monitoring and coordination, its creation of access to quality education and learning for school-aged children and adolescents, and provision of psycho-social support to school children, school personnel and parents/caregivers.

Thank you for your on-going support as UNICEF continues to provide relief as Indonesia moves to rebuild.


Mansi Mehta 

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Jan 7, 2019
Rescue and Relief Efforts Underway

By Emma C. Pfister | Manager, Global Cause Partnerships

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Emma Pfister
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