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The Center for Refugee and Disaster Relief


Center Response: Indonesia

In the days and weeks following the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 25, 2004, the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response deployed a number of faculty members to Aceh Province, Indonesia, to assess the health impact of the disaster and to monitor and evaluate the humanitarian response. Specific projects included:

  • Assisting UNICEF in conducting and evaluating coverage of a crash campaign to provide measles immunizations to all children 15 and under.
  • Coordinating a series of four surveys to measure the tsunami's impact on mortality and injury. This has led to publication of several articles in peer-reviewed journals and NGO reports.
  • Establishing a monitoring and evaluation system for Mercy Corps in Aceh Province, to evaluate its cash-for-work, community cash grants and Return Villages programs.
  • Participating in a variety of international workshops and conferences to assess the impact of the humanitarian response to the tsunami.
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Center Research in Indonesia
Doocy S, Gabriel M, Collins S, Robinson C, and Stevenson, P. (2006). Implementing cash for work in post-tsunami Aceh: experiences and lessons learned. Disasters 30(3).

Doocy S, Shankar A, Rassekh B, Robinson C, and Burnham G. The humanitarian response to the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Journal of Emergency Management. In press

Rofi A, Doocy S, Robinson C. Tsunami mortality and displacement in Aceh province. Disasters 2006;30(3).

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