Inter-Agency Rapid Health Assessment: West Aceh, Indonesia - Earthquake and Tsunami Response, End of Mission Report   [open pdf - 43KB]

"Following the December 26 disaster, damaged roads, a devastated physical and, human infrastructure and limited air assets posed huge challenges to early aid, efforts. A systematic, detailed overview of the impact of the disaster on people's, well-being had not been possible. Recently, under the overall guidance of the UN, Co-ordinator for Sumatra, an inter-agency rapid health assessment team was, formed. The team's objective was to acquire a first-hand picture of events on the, ground and advance the collective understanding of the situation. The GoI and its, partners can use this assessment to better define targets for relief and implement, further lifesaving and life sustaining assistance while laying the foundations for, recovery. To overcome logistical constraints and security concerns, the team, based itself on a mobile offshore platform, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham, Lincoln. The team did not carry out assessments in the Banda Aceh area, given, the number of agencies in that region. Instead, the focus was on the hard-hit, area south of Banda Aceh along the coast to Alue Bilie. The inter-agency team, comprised 34 people with diverse but complimentary skills and experience."

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