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Margaret Aguirre
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International Medical Corps Expands Relief Efforts, Medical Clinics in
Padang, Indonesia Following Earthquake

October 12, 2009, Los Angeles, Calif. – International Medical Corps is
expanding its relief efforts in Padang and Pariaman district in Indonesia,
operating mobile and static clinics, including five posts for those displaced in
camps by the September 30 earthquake.

International Medical Corps is working closely with its long-time partner, Ambulan
118, a national organization of emergency responders. We are providing
emergency health care and distributing much needed non-food items and
hygiene kits to those who have suffered injuries and also lost family as well as
their homes.

The 7.6 quake killed an estimated 1,100 people, though thousands are still
missing and that toll is expected to rise considerably as bodies are pulled from
collapsed buildings. Some 102,000 homes have been destroyed; in Pariaman
District, about 80 percent of buildings collapsed. Roads remain impassable in
some areas, many health facilities were destroyed, and access to clean water
remains difficult.

“There were landslides in the area that widened the destruction, so we are also
focusing our outreach to areas that are as much as three hours away from
Padang,” said Yogi Mahendra, International Medical Corps senior logistics
officer. “Also, because water systems have been damaged or destroyed we are
very concerned about access to clean, safe water and sanitation.”

International Medical Corps teams in Pariaman District are seeing about 150
patients a day, one third of them children. Most patients are suffering from
psychosocial disorders as a result of the disaster. The primary diseases are skin
disorders, myalgia and acute respiratory tract infection.

One patient named Lili who was one of only 26 people in her village to survive
and is now living in a displacement camp, told an International Medical Corps
health worker she is haunted by the ordeal. “I cannot bear to return to my
village,” she says. “I have trouble sleeping and eating.”
In order to continue providing assistance to the victims, International Medical
Corps is in need of donations, including cash and gift-in-kind, to assist in the

International Medical Corps is also working with the Emergency Capacity
Building Project, a coordinating group of humanitarian responders that also
includes WorldVision, Care, Save the Children, and Mercy Corps.

Earthquakes, volcanoes and other seismic activity occur frequently in the region,
commonly called the Ring of Fire; the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, to which
International Medical Corps was one of the first organizations to respond,
claimed nearly 230,000 lives.

Since 2005, International Medical Corps, alongside Ambulan 118, has conducted
ongoing Disaster Management and Response training programs with disaster
simulations for government departments mandated with disaster response in
over 10 provinces in Indonesia. Along with local partners, International Medical
Corps has raised the capacity of over 1,000 medical personnel and laymen
(including police, firemen, search and rescue personnel and community leaders)
in emergency medical response and disaster management. This training and
simulation was also conducted in Padang, West Sumatra. Over 200 government
officials participated in the earthquake simulation.

Since its inception 25 years ago, International Medical Corps’ mission has been
to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease, by
delivering vital health care services that focus on training. This approach of
helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to
self-reliance. For more information visit our website at