AmeriCares medical and humanitarian aid in Indonesia has centered on disaster response and recovery. The 2004 Asia tsunami, several major earthquakes and severe flooding have all triggered emergency relief efforts. After the tsunami, AmeriCares established program offices in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, and in one of the worst hit areas, Banda Aceh to guide reconstruction efforts.
Snapshot of Indonesia:
The 17,500 islands of Indonesia are home to nearly 250 million people, making it the fourth largest country in the world. Located on the planet’s “Ring of Fire,” Indonesia is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and flooding. The geography and decentralized administrative structure of the world’s largest archipelago nation along with the high number of people living in poverty present challenges in the distribution of health care, particularly in times of disaster or disease outbreak. Critical health issues:
- High incidence of communicable disease such as malaria, dengue fever, typhoid and diarrheal disease
- Health care access in remote and rural areas most notably during disasters
In 2010, a 7.7 earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia killed hundreds of people. We responded with emergency aid to several remote islands that suffered the most damage from the disaster.
In 2009, two major earthquakes rocked Indonesia, killing over 1,000 on Sumatra.
We mounted disaster relief and emergency response efforts from our U.S. headquarters and on the ground in Indonesia. In the recovery phase we supported the rebuilding of a local hospital.
In 2007, flooding inundated much of Jakarta. We helped communities clean up their homes and provided the damaged As-Sa’adah primary school and orphanage with furniture and supplies. In the recovery phase, we supported the rebuilding or repair of health centers and a water supply system.
In 2006, an earthquake struck the island of Java. AmeriCares Indonesia office responded immediately with relief supplies including food, drinking water, and basic medicines for stricken communities.
On December 26, 2004, Indonesia’s largest earthquake in 40 years — measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale — generated a tsunami that decimated the province of Aceh, killing an estimated 180,000 people.
We responded with three back-to-back airlifts of medicines, supplies and water purification treatments. Our relief experts assessment of the massive damage to the health sector, initiated a major commitment to recovery and reconstruction over the next five years. Programs included rebuilding hospitals and clinics, schools, water systems, training health workers and developing livelihoods for survivors.
Read More about our tsunami response.
Through our Medical Outreach Program, AmeriCares provides critical medicines and supplies to doctors and health care professionals who travel to Indonesia to volunteer medical care to people in need in many rural communities. AmeriCares commitment through this volunteer program to provide clinics with antibiotics, antiseptic dressings, sutures and so many other medications helps ensure these essentials are available when an emergency, injury or illness occurs.
Recent News from Indonesia
AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program helps volunteer doctors traveling to Indonesia provide critical health care to children at risk. Stories of two children illustrate the impact of the program.
AmeriCares coordinated with local authorities in Indonesian volcano and tsunami disaster areas to provide treatment for survivors. Relief efforts include supplies for health workers to extend care for the thousands still left homeless.
Without the lifesaving medications donated by AmeriCares, Hadinata would have drowned in the fluids filling up his lungs.
AmeriCares is mounting relief efforts in Indonesia, where an earthquake and tsunami devastated impoverished coastal communities. Read more.
Typhoons, earthquakes and Samoan Tsunami raise concerns around responding to multiple disasters in a challenging economy. Please donate to help.
Indonesia earthquakes in Padang, Sumatra kill 500 people; thousands need emergency aid. AmeriCares is mounting relief efforts. Learn more and find out how you can help.
An AmeriCares emergency relief expert reports from his earthquake recovery efforts in Indonesia. Read more.
AmeriCares Emergency Relief Manager arrived in Padang, Indonesia today to work with local doctors and provide medical aid for earthquake survivors. Please donate to help.
AmeriCares emergency aid is helping survivors of catastrophic earthquakes and typhoons. Learn more and find out how you can help.
meriCares disaster response experts are preparing to send medical aid to survivors of deadly back-to-back disasters in Asia and the Pacific.
On the day after Christmas in 2004, a giant tsunami killed 225,000 people in a matter of seconds in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the surrounding region. In the immediate aftermath, AmeriCares delivered seven airlifts, carrying 160 tons of lifesaving medicines, emergency supplies and water purification treatments worth $12 million to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India.
As the anniversary of the tsunami approaches, Rachel Granger recently returned to Indonesia to review the work AmeriCares has done over the last 4 years. She shares with us her experiences from the field, including her fist visit after the tsunami struck and subsequent visits to see the progress of rehabilitation programs supported by AmeriCares.
It has been more than three years since a giant tsunami covered parts of Southeast Asia, devastating communities, reconfiguring lands and permanently changing many people’s lives. AmeriCares personnel in two of the hardest hit countries, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, continue to work tirelessly with those who have been affected, with a wide range of programs supporting a diverse array of needs, including health care, school reconstruction, water and sanitation, and livelihoods.
Today, more than one billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water; many of them resort to unsafe or unsanitary water sources for their basic, everyday needs, such as drinking, cooking and bathing. Each year, more than 2.2 million people, most of them in developing countries, die from diseases associated with poor water and sanitary conditions. In observance of this week's World Day for Water—commemorated March 22—AmeriCares celebrates two water "success stories" from Indonesia.