Earthquake and tsunami
On the 28th of September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi, its coastal areas becoming severely damaged. To date there are reports of over 1900 people who have been killed. Over 2.500 people are injured and thousands have been displaced. Water and electricity supplies have been severely disrupted, medical services have been hampered by damage to buildings and normal processes have been affected as staff of the medical institutions have also been affected by the event.
In order to support the victims of the earthquake and the tsunami, the Salvation Army started a project through which various medical services will be provided. The Salvation Army runs a major hospital in the area which is used to provide the areas around it of medical support. The hospital will offer continued medical services in the form of clinical services and outreach work by medical teams. However, the hospital needs medical supplies for the work in both the hospital and the outreach teams. In addition, the Salvation Army aims to organize awareness campaigns to teach the affected community about water borne diseases and respiratory infections.