For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

October 5, 2009

UW Law School Partner Responds to Indonesian Earthquake

Uplift International, a Seattle-based NGO and partner with the UW School of Law's Global Health and Justice Project, is providing humanitarian aid to West Sumatra survivors of the earthquake.

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia on September 30 killing more than 1,000 and trapping thousands more, according to the UN. The hardest hit area, the city of Padang, is 30 miles from the earthquake epicenter. Relief efforts have been challenging due to lack of ground access and virtually no power or telecommunications. Uplift International in collaboration with the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) is providing supplies and medical care to the victims of the earthquake. Uplift and IDI worked together successfully during the tsunami in 2004 by providing support, medicines and supplies for over 300 doctors that treated over 19,000 people during a five month period.

Beth Rivin, director of the Global Health and Justice Project and a research associate professor at the UW School of Law, was working on the 2006 earthquake relief effort in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on behalf of Uplift International.

"Natural disasters of this magnitude in resource poor settings require international assistance," she said. "The focus of the mission is to save lives. Immediate access to water, shelter, and medical care are critical for the survivors."

The Global Health and Justice Project, based at the School of Law, is a multidisciplinary project that promotes academics, research and service learning in global health, social justice and development. Local and field opportunities in developing countries are available for faculty and students in collaboration with Uplift International.

Beth Rivin in Indonesia Beth Rivin (center) with an Indonesian family after the 2006 earthquake.