MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Muhammadiyah, a prominent Indonesian Islamic movement, has committed to providing humanitarian assistance on a global scale.
In a press conference on Thursday (September 21), the Chairman of Muhammadiyah dr. Agus Taufiqurrahman said this movement is committed to helping those in need, regardless of nationality or religion.
“In Indonesia, our shared responsibility is to help those in need. The same is true in other countries. When a disaster occurs, Muhammadiyah strives to help as best as we can,” said dr. Agus Taufiqurrahman.
For instance, Muhammadiyah has currently responded to the recent earthquake in Morocco. Muhammadiyah sent teams to Morocco to provide assistance to survivors.
Furthermore, Chair of the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center Budi Setiawan added that the Muhammadiyah Special Branch (PCIM) of Morocco took immediate action to assist Morocco earthquake-affected people by collaborating with the Moroccan Red Crescent, reaching an isolated and disaster-affected area and setting up a field hospital. Afterward, Muhammadiyah deployed two emergency medical teams (EMTs) to Morocco and supplied primary needs for the survivors.
Seeing the roles of the Muhammadiyah EMT internationally, the Central Board of Muhammadiyah commits to facilitating and supporting the EMT. One is through partnerships with international organizations to improve the team’s capacity budling.
Currently, Muhammadiyah signed an agreement with International Search and Rescue (ISAR) Germany, supported by Robert Koch Institute, to establish a three-year program of the emergency medical team twinning, training, and transfer of knowledge (EMT TTT).
The agreement is part of Muhammadiyah efforts to become a leading provider of humanitarian assistance worldwide.