On 28 September 2018, a series of strong earthquakes struck Central Sulawesi. One of the earthquakes also triggered a tsunami whose waves reached up to three meters in some areas, striking Talise beach in Palu and Donggala. Thousands of people got hurt and are in need of medical attention. Most of them are now living in temporary displacement camps where there is a lack of hygiene as well as medicine.
The Salvation Army runs a hospital within the affected area: the Woodward Hospital. Next to commencing mobile clinics that are reaching affected communities, the hospital also provides medical and surgical services within the building. The building uses the most power from the power grid, however requires generator back up due to frequent power cuts. The current generator requires manual start-up which is not practical in a hospital setting at all.
Following the earthquake, when the power cut off, the hospital needed to wait until a staff member could drive to the hospital who was capable of starting the generator. For patient safety, especially in surgery or in the maternity ward, having continuous power is very important. A new generator should automatically start when the power is out.