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Indonesian Earthquake-tsunami Appeal

 

Lombok, Palu and surrounding communities in Indonesia have been devastated by earthquakes and a Tsunami a little over a month ago. Many agencies are trying to assist the emergency relief program in these indonesian communities.

However, Healthserve Australia has initiated a long-term strategy of support for these communities.

We are immediately beginning the process of training volunteer community health-workers in basic skills to meet needs that are unmet as the rebuilding of these communties is undertaken.

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Our Indonesian partner is "The Nation’s Torch of Love Foundation" (in Indonesian: Yayasan Suluh Kasih Bangsa) which is officially recognised by the Indonesian Department of Justice.

The Foundation is expecting between three to six months of healthcare issues in these devastated communities.

We are asking our donors to be generous and give now to HealthServe Australia so we are able to send immediate funds for this community heathcare-worker training to our Indonesian partner.

 

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The Report from "The Nation’s Torch of Love Foundation"

OCTOBER 2018

THE NECESSITY OF THE COMMUNITY HEALTH-WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM

The duration of health issues is between three and six months.

Emergency medical responses could cover the first two to three weeks. The follow-up of such medical response is no less important. The teams trained as health workers that were sent to the location found out not only a lot of unattended wounds, but also infections after stitches of wounds being not taken care of or unattended due to overflowing of patients either in the shift-tent hospitals or temporary health care centers. Besides, public health such as public hygiene and bad habits can cause big threats to the community. As medical doctors are occupied with patients, there are less or no concerns at all for such deteriorating conditions of the local refugees who stay in the shift-tents or temporary housing. Therefore, issues such as oral hygienes, good and healthy habits, healthy environment, and pediatric hygienes will not be dealt at all by medical practitioners due to their occupied hands, minds, and bodies. Without proper address, diseases (either infectious, or contagious) can break out at any time. The presence of trained local health workers can diminish the possible outbreak of diseases. Their presence among the people, as they themselves came from the local communities, can boost both public and environmental hygiene because they are more aware of any possible or potential infections and contagions. Their presence should not replace medical practictioners, instead they serve as complimentary agents to bring efficiency and productivity to more healthy, hygienic, and vigorous local communities.

With the current earthquake and tsunami that has just occurred in Central Celebes, Lombok Island will soon become less of a concern from the government and other aid agencies. This means Lombok Island must be self-dependent on all fronts, including health areas. In other words, the presence of trained local health workers becomes more important than previously thought, accellarated due to earthquake and Tsunami in Central Celebes.

 Through the presence of trained local health workers who are well equipped and supported, many individuals and communities may be helped.

 

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