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June 21, 2013

For more than a year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working in Darvazeh Ghar, one the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Here, merchants and customers rub shoulders with drug addicts, prostitutes and street children. Obtaining medical care can be difficult for these at-risk populations.

An MSF team composed by six people arrived this morning at 5am local time in Pedang Indonesia. The team is composed of a doctor, two nurses, one psychologist and two logisticians. The MSF team arrived with five tons of medical supplies, non-food items and plastic sheeting. In the affected areas, MSF is the only international organisation present at the moment. Once arrived in Pedang, the team divided itself in three and they assessed the situation in four areas: Kota Padan Panjang, Kota Solok, Payakumbuh and Kota Bukittinggi.

Following the earthquakes that have hit Sumatra island, the emergency team of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Indonesia has started an evaluation of the damage and the medical needs among the population. A first team arrived in Padang and found the initial needs were covered well. "They report a quick response from the authorities," says Luc van Leemput, coordinator for the work of MSF in Indonesia.

Following the earthquakes that hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Sept. 12 and 13, MSF’s emergency team has distributed relief items and is continuing to further assess the needs. With strong aftershocks continuing to shake the region, psychosocial support to the survivors is one of the main priorities.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is today sending an emergency team of six people to Indonesia following yesterday’s powerful earthquake that authorities say has killed more than 750 people and left thousands trapped under rubble. The magnitude 7.6 quake struck off the western coast of Sumatra Island. The worst affected areas are said to be the cities of Padang and Pariaman. Indonesian authorities have sent significant medical assistance and food to the area.

More than 60 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) surgeons, doctors, nurses, logisticians and other staff are currently part of the substantial international and local aid effort in Manila in the Philippines, Padang in Indonesia and Samoa in the South Pacific. In addition to these teams, 45 tonnes of medical and relief material are on their way to Indonesia. MSF teams are trying to identify unmet urgent needs and have started carrying out mobile medical activities and the distribution of relief items in targeted sites.

MSF teams providing emergency medical and relief aid, integrating mental healthcare into their activities

Marlene Lee, a psychologist with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), speaks about her visit to Sumatra and to one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake that struck the Indonesian island on Sept. 29.

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