SOURCE: The Sumba Foundation

May 07, 2007 13:00 ET

The Sumba Foundation Builds Clinic at Rua Beach on Island of Sumba

Quiksilver Foundation Gives $25,000 to Aid in Building and Staffing New Medical Clinic

LAGUNA HILLS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 7, 2007 -- The Sumba Foundation, a U.S.-based public charity dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Sumba, today announced the endowment of a $25,000 grant from the Quiksilver Foundation. Using the grant, The Sumba Foundation is building and staffing a medical clinic at Rua Beach on the Island of Sumba.

Located in the Indonesian Archipelago, Sumba is an island of 400,000 people. Rua Beach is adjacent to the world-class surf break of Nihiwatu and is frequented by surfers from around the globe. The Sumba Foundation is dedicated to helping the Sumbanese to improve their quality of life by providing many of the basics western society takes for granted, including clean water, health services, medicines and medical facilities, education for their children and employment opportunities.

The tribal people of Sumba are extremely poor, and in desperate need of basic malaria diagnosis and treatment. Malaria is the leading killer of women and children on the island, which has the highest incidence of malaria outside of Africa. Baseline surveys have found 65% of children below the age of five years had malaria, and up to 45% of mothers have lost at least one child to malaria.

"It's a real tragedy, because malaria is 100% treatable and curable," said Sean Downs, president of The Sumba Foundation. "Malaria has been eliminated from most wealthy countries around the world, and we believe we can help the people of Sumba win the battle against malaria. The donation from the Quiksilver Foundation brings important medical services closer to the more than 4,500 people who need it the most, and saves hundreds of lives in the coming years. The Sumba Foundation is grateful to Quiksilver for its generous gift and partnership."

The Rua Beach clinic will implement a malaria control program for adults and children with goals to make high-quality malaria diagnosis fully available, provide effective malaria treatment for all malaria species free of charge, provide follow-up screening of all treated malaria patients, conduct mass screening of the target population to identify disease carriers and to reduce malaria transmission by providing high-quality mosquito nets.

"The Quiksilver Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with The Sumba Foundation and to help better the quality of life for the people of Indonesia," said Kathie Armstrong, executive director of The Quiksilver Foundation. "Quiksilver and many surfers from around the world visit Sumba every year for its beautiful beaches, perfect waves and amazing people; and we believe The Sumba Foundation is the best means for us to give back to this community. By providing funding we are helping the people of Sumba receive much-needed support for clean water, education and employment."

About The Sumba Foundation

The Sumba Foundation is a U.S.-based public, nongovernmental 501(c)(3) charity. The Foundation is dedicated to helping the indigenous people of Sumba by improving the quality of their lives through better health, education, clean water, malaria control and employment opportunities, a key component in achieving the long-term goal of lessening the oppressive impacts of poverty. Poverty means more than simply not having enough money; above all, it means not having the opportunity to make a better life for the future. The Sumba Foundation aims to be a force for positive change and to give the people much needed hope for a better future.

About the Quiksilver Foundation

The Quiksilver Foundation ( is a non-profit organization committed to benefiting and enhancing the quality of life for communities of boardriders across the world by supporting environmental, educational, health and youth-related projects.

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