For Immediate Release

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Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

6/5/2006

Law School Professor Joins Indonesian Earthquake Relief Effort

UW School of Law Professor Beth Rivin is leading a mission to assess and plan an appropriate health response to the recent earthquake which devastated parts of Indonesia. The magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the central Indonesian province of Java in the predawn hours of May 27, 2006, while most people were still sleeping.

Rivin, who is the Program Director of the UW School of Law Global Health and Justice Project, arrived in Indonesia on May 31 and is working with the law school's NGO partner, Uplift International. The Uplift International Jakarta staff are joining her in the assessment for The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI). IDI, The University of Indonesia, UW School of Law and Uplift International collaborate on health and human rights programs in Indonesia.

According to the Indonesian Social Affairs Ministry the death toll stands at 5,782 with over 46,000 people injured in the quake and another 650,000 displaced. Health services are overstretched, according to various news services, and sanitary conditions are deteriorating. Victims that cannot be housed in hospitals are camping outside with their families in large numbers, presenting further potential health risks.

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