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MSF in Indonesia, 2006/2007
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An MSF mobile emergency team based in Jakarta provides medical assistance to Indonesians affected by epidemics, earthquakes and floods across the archipelago. At the beginning of 2007, mobile clinics assisted victims of the floods in Jakarta by supplying plastic sheeting, blankets and hygiene kits and conducting 1,310 medical consultations. MSF also offered relief supplies and psychological support to communities affected by the earthquake in West Sumatra in March 2007, reaching 11,726 people.
In North Mamuju, capital of West Sulawesi, MSF responded to a measles outbreak in February, 2007, working in partnership with the District Health Office (DHO). In south Halmahera and in Buano Island, West Seram of Maluku, the team launched two malaria interventions, supporting the DHO by conducting medical consultations, donating antimalarial drugs and medical supplies and distributing mosquito nets.
Launching primary healthcare in Papua MSF in 2006 also launched a primary healthcare program in Asmat, southern Papua, in partnership with the Ministry of Health. The program focuses mainly on mother and child healthcare and access to basic and emergency medical care for these isolated communities.
Projects handed to local authorities Following the December 2004 tsunami, MSF worked in Aceh’s regional capital, Banda Aceh. Particular attention was given to mental health needs through counseling and education sessions. Over time, MSF progressively refocused its intervention on inland communities whose access to healthcare, including mental health, had been restricted by years of civil war. When the medical situation in the region improved, activities were scaled down and transferred to the local health authorities in December 2006.
In June 2007, MSF also withdrew from tuberculosis treatment activities in Ambon, Molucca. This pilot project focused on a patient-centered approach and provided treatment through fixed combinations of drugs, which improves patient adherence. The project also strengthened the counseling skills of the local health staff. The TB programme has now been handed over to local authorities.
MSF has worked in Indonesia since 1995.