Action Against Hunger mounted an emergency response in the fall of 2010 after the eruption of Mount Merapi forced over 340,000 Indonesians to flee, most to camps and makeshift settlements. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, ACF drew from its pre-positioned stock of emergency supplies to provide access to lifesaving sanitation services in displacement camps, supported 35 outpatient health centers to head off the risk of deadly malnutrition among displaced children, and rehabilitated water systems damaged by the eruption.
More than 6,200 families whose livelihoods were destroyed by the volcanic ash also received seeds, livestock, or fishing supplies to restart their trades and feed their families.
Meanwhile, in the West Timor province, where poor infrastructure and a lack of access to basic services such as health and education have resulted in high childhood malnutrition rates, ACF addressed the problem through an integrated set of programs. The organization trained health staff and equipped community centers to detect and refer severe malnutrition cases, distributed seeds and tools to families affected by malnutrition, provided training in effective agricultural techniques, helped parents diversify their families’ diets and keep their children safe from disease through comprehensive health education activities, and built clean water systems managed by local water committees.
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