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02.01.05 - SurfAid International Resonds with A Tsumani Disaster Relief Initiative Nias Island, West Sumatra, Indonesia

SurfAid is now directly responding to the Tsunami Disaster in Western Sumatra on the island of Nias with an emergency medical relief team initially funded by Quiksilver Foundation and Indies Trader Company. “SurfAid is focusing efforts on their core competencies and therefore targeting the outbreak of malaria, typhoid and cholera. Additionally, we will be providing water purification supplies and education,” says SurfAid International CEO Andrew Griffiths. SurfAid’s team of doctors will be stationed in Nias to provide medical service and preventative treatment, while community facilitators will provide supplies and education on water purification. SurfAid’s local Padang office will support logistics, administration and cross functional communication efforts.

SurfAid is calling out to corporations and individuals across the globe to provide support for SurfAid’s disaster relief effort. SurfAid is now accepting donations directly towards much needed funding for their relief efforts.
The Nias area has been badly hit by this natural disaster and has had no aid to date. Many know Nias as a place with great surf and warm and generous hospitality from the local community, but it is now a region wrought with death, destruction and a severe need for food, water and medical attention. Because the region is only accessible by boat, the Indies Trader II will serve as the medical relief team’s mobile head quarters in the area.

SurfAid International has committed resources in response to emergency health and water needs in Nias and surrounding islands. Below is an outline of the response plan:

1. Provide disease prevention specifically targeting:

2. Water purification

3. Injury and illness treatment

Technical medical team of 11:
3 Expatriate doctors (with Indonesian language skills and 2-3 yrs experience working in the Mentawai Islands)
Orthopaedic surgeon
2 Expatriate nurses with language skills and experience in the area
Indonesian malaria project manager, a trained nurse with 25 years experience in the health sector
Microscopist for malaria diagnostics
2 Senior community facilitators
3 Experienced local facilitation staff
Medical relief support team of 10:
Disaster relief consultant with local area and language expertise
Communications director based in Jakarta with local area and language expertise
8 disaster relief staff members to handle logistics, supplies and communication

Medical resources
Up to 5,000 mosquito nets
Water purification supplies
Diagnostic equipment
General Medicines
Malaria Medicines
Surgical equipment

A 70-foot boat complete with:
Satellite communications
Accommodations for the team
Water Makers

SurfAid International is a health focused NGO which has been operating in the Mentawai Islands, off West Sumatra, for the past four years. The organisation has focussed principally on communicable disease prevention including malaria control and immunization through a direct implementation approach. SurfAid has established strong working relationships with local communities, local NGOs, regional, provincial and central Health Departments and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The organisation has strong links with local surfing communities, many of whom are well established in Nias Island, West Sumatra Province.

For more information contact SurfAid CEO:
Andrew Griffiths

SurfAid, Indonesia
3rd Floor Hotel Dipo
Jl. Diponegorro No.13
Padang 25117, West Sumatera, Indonesia
Phone: +62 751 27966
Phone/Fax: +62 751 26922