This project will distribute vital humanitarian relief and provide mental health support to communities affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. IsraAID's team - including disaster response specialists, water engineers, and mental health experts - will conduct an assessment of the immediate and long-term medical, psychological, and water, sanitation, and hygiene needs in the affected area.
On 28 September 2018, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was hit by a series of earthquakes, including a 7.4 magnitude earthquake, and a tsunami. Major population centers have seen wide-scale devastation, including building collapses, landslides, and shortages of fuel and electricity. More than 1,300 people have been killed, and at least 48,000 have been displaced from their homes. The challenges are immense and a rapid response is needed to save lives and support communities as they recover.
IsraAID will deploy an Emergency Response Team to the worst-affected area in Central Sulawesi to conduct relief distributions and an initial assessment of long-term needs in affected communities. The Emergency Response Team will distribute relief items, provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to vulnerable groups and conduct an initial needs assessment to determine immediate and long-term needs, including medical care, psychological support and water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Rapid response to a major disaster helps minimize its long-term destructive effects on the physical and emotional well-being of survivors. After the immediate emergency period, IsraAID shifts to supporting long-term, sustainable recovery, working with communities to rebuild for the future, utilizing 17 years' experience across 47 countries. In Indonesia, IsraAID's expertise and knowledge in sectors such as mental health support and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene will be crucial.