Emergency Response

Project Emergency Response

Provide an Emergency Response Unit (ERU) field hospital as well as medication, to support the Sabah State Health Department’s efforts in the emergency response in Lahad Datu

Project Partners • Ministry of Health Malaysia • Sabah Health Department • Malaysia Airlines • Malaysia Civil Defense

Field Hospital

Locations Felda Sahabat , Lahad Datu , Sabah
Period 14 March – 29 March 2013

Emergency Rescue Unit activation to accommodate 25 patients


The 2013 Lahad Datu standoff arose after 235 Filipino militants, some of whom were armed, arrived by boat in Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia from Simunul island, Tawi-Tawi in the southern Philippines on 11 February 2013.


MERCY Malaysia deployed seven volunteers including two staff members and five Emergency Response Unit (ERU) members to provide logistical support to the Sabah State Health Department in response to their request. The team worked together with the state health department to provide support and to help increase the capacity of the local rural health clinic located at Pusat Kesihatan Felda Sahabat. MERCY Malaysia built up ERU in-patient module to accommodate up to 50 patients.

The team attended the cluster meetings from the health department and various response team. The team managed to accommodate more than 25 patients in the medical tent. The mission ended on March 2 2013.