Operation Sumatra assist: Post-tsunami environmental and public health response in Banda Aceh

Byleveld, Paul M., Kent, Mick I. and McCall, Bradley J. (2005) Operation Sumatra assist: Post-tsunami environmental and public health response in Banda Aceh. ADF Health, 6 2: 48-53.

Author Byleveld, Paul M.
Kent, Mick I.
McCall, Bradley J.
Title Operation Sumatra assist: Post-tsunami environmental and public health response in Banda Aceh
Journal name ADF Health
ISSN 1443-1033
Publication date 2005-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 48
End page 53
Total pages 6
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract There was a real risk of disease following the earthquake and tsunami. Most essential services were affected. Tens of thousands moved into internally displaced persons camps or host communities. While much of the world’s attention was focused on immediate medical care, the Australian Defence Force deployed Engineer and Environmental Health teams which combined with other agencies to mitigate the serious threat of water-borne and vector-borne diseases. Environmental Health personnel gave technical assistance to ADF Engineers and the aid sector in the provision of potable water, helped investigate and control potential disease outbreaks, and provided environmental health support to displaced persons. The mission highlighted the value of real-time health threat assessment, the need to develop lightweight Environmental Health kits, and the importance of predeployment preparation of personnel. The Environmental Health team’s emphasis on collaboration, coordination and communication overcame potential barriers to make an important contribution towards the prevention of (widely predicted) large disease outbreaks.
Keyword Earthquake
Environmental health
Public health - Indonesia
Sumatra, Indonesia
Tsunami
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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