Earthquake in Sumatra province - September 2009 - Indonesia

Funds allocated:
US$ 175 000

Affected population:
1 117 dead and a total of 3 515 people injured

The emergency

On 30 September 2009, a strong earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale, 71 km under the sea, southwest of Pariaman, struck off the coast of Padang in West Sumatra at 17:16 pm local time. The tremor was felt in Jakarta, Pekanbaru, Duri, Riau, Singapore and Malaysia. As a result the event left:

Health cluster meeting with various partners
  • 563 general and orthopaedic surgeries were performed and 32 832 received ambulatory treatment;
  • No significant IDP due to the unique characteristic of the earthquake;
  • Several buildings were damaged and affected by fires. Damage to health facilities included 10 hospitals, 53 community health centres (Puskesmas), 137 supporting community health centres (Pustu), 15 village clinics (polindes) and two pharmaceutical warehouse collapsed.

EHA-WHO and Crisis Centre MOH were deployed to the site for rapid health assessment as well as to support the public health interventions.

The Regional Crisis Centre of Medan, North Sumatra - Provincial Health Office and the Regional Crisis Centre, Palembang, South Sumatra PHO and District Health Office in close collaboration with WHO Indonesia, sent health teams and provided emergency health services according to standard operating procedures.

Funds allocated

US$ 175 000 mobilized through SEARHEF.

How it made a difference

Essential medicines and supplies were provided to the injured and the health services in the affected areas. Mobile health teams were deployed to a total of nine severely affected districts. Early psychosocial, first-aid and mental health interventions were started. Lastly, support for coordination with various health actors was also facilitated by the fund. The Health Coordination cluster that was led by MoH/WHO comprised 53 international organizations and NGOs and up to 5 000 health workers were mobilized from other areas.

Early organization of mobile health teams and provision of essential medicines supported the health needs of the affected population