The devastating tsunami resulted in extensive loss of life and damage to the areas surrounding TEWFI land. There was massive destruction of boats, nets and other equipment with much of it reduced rubble. In the days following the tragedy, TEWFI staff assisted villagers by supplying food and health care needs. In fact, TEWFI was one of the first NGOs on the ground to reach out and provide immediate relief.
The Post Tsunami Health Care and Research Project (PTHCRP) which runs under the auspices of the Uluru Health Care Centre (UHCC), was set up by TEWFI with the aim of addressing the physical and psychosocial impacts of the disaster. This five-year project has since enabled our staff to visit surrounding coastal villages with a mobile health service to cater to the medical and psychological requirements of those affected. In addition, various psychosocial care programmes were run for children to help them cope with the trauma in the aftermath of the tsunami. Playback theatre activities were also a success, and may continue in the future.
TEWFI staff also collected data in order to identify the various long-term needs. In particular, comprehensive post-tsunami socio-economic-physical and psychosocial health care assessments were completed, and various ongoing schemes were set up and have since been running successfully. This project aims to reach tsunami-affected residents in five adjoining villages, providing ongoing physical, social and psychological care.
The schemes set up under the auspices of the PTHCRP include:
- LIC micro-insurance
- Mental counselling service
- waste management
- a focus on women and girls in the community, including domestic violence programs
- alcoholism and TB awareness
- health initiatives at the local school
- nutrition and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.
Recently the PTHCRP Team was asked to make a presentation about their work providing post tsunami health care to people in rural areas at the conference on Disaster Management in New Delhi. To read the paper they presented, please click here (PDF / 104 KB). For more information about the project, please see the following Documents:
PTHCRP Project Proposal (PDF / 18KB)
PTHCRP Budget – August 2006
Post Tsunami Health Care in Rural Areas (PDF / 104KB) (Paper presented at First India Disaster Management Committee – New Delhi, November 2006)
A letter from Dr Chandran, January 2005
Along with our Patron Justice Ron Merkel, his wife Beth Charles, and fellow Trustee Thamby Raj Naidu, Chitra and I were at our Foundation site at Alamparai on the Tamil Nadu coastline just north of Pondicherry, when the tsunami struck on a beautiful Sunday morning without the slightest hint of a warning. The backwaters surrounding our Foundation site absorbed most of the force of the wave, and while the water came up to the buildings, fortunately there were no injuries or loss of life. Apart from our underground drinking water supply being affected, both the Uluru Children’s Home and Uluru Health Care Centre escaped very lightly compared to those around us. Within moments it was quite apparent that TEWFI would have to play an important role in our region over many years to come to assist those affected by the tsunami.
There was extensive loss of lives, injuries, damage and destruction caused by the wave in the surrounding areas, which desperately need our help.
TEWFI staff helped with feeding the villagers for the first three days, with healthcare, and taking stock of the needs in the Kadapakkam district served by us.
We have offered to take in 50 Tsunami displaced children/orphans for immediate, and/or long term care as the authorities wish. We need to build 2 dormitories and staff quarters as soon as possible.
We are also assisting the people affected in re-establishing and regaining their livelihood. Any financial assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to forward this request to anyone you feel may be able to help.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Dr Natteri V Chandran