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Covid-19 Screening, Testing and Vaccination

Work to detect, protect and treat in one of the regions most affected by the pandemic

Indonesia is one of the countries most affected in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic.

And nothing is done, the government watches and prays… And lock the country!

Extract | Linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation in the country is serious and nothing is being done except by us, Fair Future and Kawan Baik. Cases are multiplying dramatically in the east of the country, and the means are non-existent. The major problem is that in the areas furthest from the central government of Jakarta, hardly any help is reaching us. Fair Future works to help sick people, is active in prevention, provides food, oxygen, medicine and social support.

Fair Future and Kawan Baik as part of its socio-medical activity in eastern Indonesia, take care of individuals, families, and communities. This in order to provide them with solutions for a better quality of life.

With a population of 268 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world. Faced with the pandemic, the country seems overwhelmed and deprived of means, materials, logistical and organizational strategy, leaving tens of millions of people behind.

The Situation in Indonesia

Linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation in the country is serious. The cases are increasing dramatically to the point that the country has been totally paralyzed for months. The major problem is that in the areas furthest from the central government of Jakarta, hardly any help is reaching us. Fair Future will act to help people struggling in their life in East Sumba. (See the budget detail here)

The situation is, therefore, more and more dramatic

No Antigen tests, no vaccine (here in Sumba for example, hardly anyone is vaccinated). Also, the health centers are closed because they are infected and the medical staff is sick. There are very few doctors and other medical personnel who are still at work. This is linked to medical and infectious factors, but also and above all because the staff is no longer paid, therefore they no longer come to work.

It is therefore necessary to carry out screenings, to carry out tests, but also to inform how one can avoid contaminating, and being contaminated. Fair Future and I know Sumba very well, the people and villages, even those farthest from rural areas.

Only 0.04% of the population has undergone a screening test (type Antigen Test), most people wanting to travel to a neighboring region by plane. Despite this very low rate, there is a sharp increase in cases of viral infections. This means that the screening that Fair Future, Kawan Baik, and our local doctor friends want to do will show a much higher rate of infection.

This scares the politicians on the spot, that goes without saying, but it is there, the one and only way to slow down the contagion. In any case, the figures published on the number of infected and deceased people are generally very false, because once again, no one is tested!

Despite this very low rate of people tested, there is a sharp increase in cases of viral infections. This means that the screening that Fair Future, Kawan Baik, and our local doctor friends want to do will show a much higher rate of infection.

Fair Future and Kawan Baik as you know have a center in Sumba East, in which our teams are active every day: volunteers, doctors, nursing staff. Rumah Kambera, our Base Camp on-site for the territories of eastern Indonesia, with the “Truck of Life” program that we recently launched, is able to carry out screening campaigns, Antigen or PCR tests, and of course, participate in the common effort of vaccination for all. Because once again, we are all equal in the face of disease and in the face of this global pandemic which is hitting this country with full force… The 4th largest population in the world.

The situation in Indonesia is dramatic, and even more so in the eastern territories

Screening and testing equipment has become a huge business here in Indonesia. You can buy tests everywhere, on online platforms, on the black market. The state n0en. not provide, because he cannot pay for them. As for vaccines, again it is not only very few that arrive (3% of the population received two doses and 13% one dose, this in the big cities or in Bali). In the eastern regions, this rate is around 1.5% in average. In fact, if you want to be tested and/or vaccinated, you have to go get the test or the vaccine yourself, because it is now on sale in pharmacies or even in the street. A dose of vaccine is expensive, it can represent the equivalent of a month of your salary in Europe.

In Sumba, The medical staff working in the hospital are no longer paid, therefore they no longer come to work. For a population of nearly 300,000 people, only a few doctors are still active and work on a voluntary basis, many of them for the foundation!

We must act now, be a part of this with us

Linked to the fact that screening and testing equipment is not made available free of charge (although it should of course be), that if we all agree together, Kawan Baik Indonesia, Fair Future Foundation, our medical friends in Sumba, but also elsewhere, so we can improve things, if only a little. But for that, it is necessary to think globally and not in a personal way: From then on, to act for the common good and the public interest only.

To do this, we are there, a large community of people with great will, skills, know-how, and a single goal: Help as many people as possible to find a normal life and prevent more from falling into illness, even more precarious, and above all to stem the spread of the disease in Sumba.

We need an amount that is close to one billion Indonesian Rupiahs (or about $ 60,000.- CHF. 54,000.-) in order to help this population with this program. Obviously, you will tell me, this is the competence of the Indonesian Government. But what if the state does nothing? We think others should do it! NGOs are there for that. We, therefore appeal to the Banks, the international monetary fund, the Swiss Confederation, Credit Suisse which would do much better to help a Swiss NGO directly active in the field, rather than the totally corrupt Indonesian state or a sales site by correspondence (tokopedia.co.id, not to name them).

Our bank details are available under this link. For any information request, please send us an email or contact us here.

WHAT THE FOUNDATION WILL DO IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS

  1. Screening and testing of people, in areas most affected by the pandemic, public places such as local markets;
  2. Reception of persons of people in the Base Camp of Rumah Kambera for advice, screenings, tests and vaccination;
  3. Take care of people to be placed in isolation, feed, care for, occupy and make understood the merits of the isolation measure;
  4. Coordinate the foundation’s screening, testing and vaccination actions with local authorities, the Indonesian Red Cross;
  5. Avoid the spread of the virus as much as possible by implementing the necessary measures;
  6. Coordinate actions requiring medical care with our team of doctors and the network of young volunteers from Indonesia;
  7. Setting up information sessions wherever we can, with distribution of masks, disinfectant solutions, clean water and food for communities, villages and families;

04/08/21 | Fair Future is pleased to announce the following assistance

Substantial aid in the form of a donation, for an amount of CHF 20’000.-, from the Swiss Foundation (but not from its government), was donated to Kawan Baik Indonesia in order to participate in the support of patients with COVID-19, in the regions of eastern Indonesia, particularly in Sumba.

These funds, which will be invested in the field, where the real needs are, will be used to acquire oxygen therapy equipment, drugs, food, antigen, and PCR tests.

However, we still need more! So many people here in eastern Indonesia are sick and the central government is doing nothing!

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Donate to programs initiated by Fair Future and be on the ground with us. We are committed to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to medical care (basic and emergency care), Covid-19 screening and testing, access to school and knowledge, drinking and clean water, sanitation, women's rights, and minorities living in rural and ultra peripheral areas.

Going where no one ever goes is one of our priorities, see Truck Of Life program.

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Donate for Clean Water Access in East Sumba

Do you want to participate in the drilling of a well for 40 families and 250 people? Provide clean and potable water to all those who no longer have access to it, or who have never had access to it. Water is life, water makes you feel good!

To do this, Fair Future and the Indonesian Red Cross are launching a program to build wells, toilets and provide access to drinking water to 42 villages and communities in East Sumba.

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Donate for healthcare, to improve health and save lives

Whether it is to fight against famine, diseases linked to the lack of clean water, the lack of sanitation system, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, respiratory diseases linked to air pollution, tuberculosis, or any other form of recurrent illness, Fair Future does what it can to best help populations in need.

Help us to provide us with medicines, medical equipment, logistics, my indispensable faith also to get us where no one ever goes. Help us to heal, to give a better life, to help us to save lives!

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COVID-19 in Indonesia, a dramatic situation

Take care of people, do what the state does not! Fair Futur acts to detect, test, treat and vaccinate the victims of the Pandemic. No Antigen tests, no vaccine (here in Sumba for example, hardly anyone is vaccinated). Also, the health centers are closed because they are infected and the medical staff is sick.

There are very few doctors and other medical personnel who are still at work. This is linked to medical and infectious factors, but also and above all because the staff is no longer paid, therefore they no longer come to work.

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Donate for East Indonesia disaster

After the Sumba natural disaster in April 2021, Fair Future is the only foreign organization there. We commit ourselves every day to rebuild, to improve...

We are confronted with health problems, social challenges. We need infrastructural and human resources. They need to eat, drink, have access to healthcare and a roof to protect themselves!

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More than yesterday and even less than tomorrow, Fair Future and Kawan Baik Foundations continue to develop projects with humanitarian, positive, and virtuous objectives.

Our organizations get involved every day, in a concrete way on the ground. They are men and women, mostly volunteers, who work to find solutions and implement them so that everyone can have a better life.

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Sometimes, it is not possible to make a donation via modern solutions, by what is called "e-banking".

From then on, you can participate in one of our projects or programs by making a bank transfer, via one of our two bank accounts in Switzerland.

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Indonesia

268.2 million

population

Medical Staff are not paid

They’re not going to work

Medical Centers

Are closed or open few hours/day

Hundreds new infections / day

In Sumba East only

0.04% of people

Have been tested in Sumba

Common diseases we work on

Life-saving tuberculosis drugs are still unaffordable and out of reach for children in high-burden countries like Indonesia.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.

A social disease, tuberculosis affects more particularly the poorest groups of the population, in particular the homeless people in whom the incidence (approximately 200 / 100,000) far exceeds that of other groups.

In Indonesia, tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in the category of infectious diseases. However, when one considers the general causes of death, tuberculosis ranks 3rd after heart disease and acute respiratory disease at all ages. The number of tuberculosis cases found in 2019 was around 645,000 cases. This figure has increased from the tuberculosis data recorded in 2018, which was in the order of 566.00 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of recorded deaths from tuberculosis based on WHO 2019 data is 98,000 people. This includes 5,300 deaths of tuberculosis patients with HIV / AIDS.

Life-saving anti-tuberculosis drugs are still unaffordable and out of reach for children in high-burden countries like Indonesia.

In 2020, the 30 countries with a high TB burden accounted for 87% of new TB cases. Eight countries account for two-thirds of the total, led by India, followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and South Africa.


More info: https://tbindonesia.or.id/pustaka-tbc/informasi/tentang-tbc/situasi-tbc-di-indonesia-2/

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.

A social disease, tuberculosis affects more particularly the poorest groups of the population, in particular the homeless people in whom the incidence (approximately 200 / 100,000) far exceeds that of other groups.

In Indonesia, tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in the category of infectious diseases. However, when one considers the general causes of death, tuberculosis ranks 3rd after heart disease and acute respiratory disease at all ages. The number of tuberculosis cases found in 2019 was around 645,000 cases. This figure has increased from the tuberculosis data recorded in 2018, which was in the order of 566.00 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of recorded deaths from tuberculosis based on WHO 2019 data is 98,000 people. This includes 5,300 deaths of tuberculosis patients with HIV / AIDS.

Life-saving anti-tuberculosis drugs are still unaffordable and out of reach for children in high-burden countries like Indonesia.

In 2020, the 30 countries with a high TB burden accounted for 87% of new TB cases. Eight countries account for two-thirds of the total, led by India, followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and South Africa.


More info: https://tbindonesia.or.id/pustaka-tbc/informasi/tentang-tbc/situasi-tbc-di-indonesia-2/

Dengue virus (DENV) infection is a major cause of acute febrile illness in Indonesia.  And a high cause of death.

Dengue Fever

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by dengue virus infection (IVD) which is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Dengue virus infection is an endemic disease that appears throughout the year, especially in the rainy season in various tropical and sub-tropical regions including in Indonesia. The rainy season is an optimal condition for breeding mosquitoes, so there can be an increase in cases that are high and fast. According to WHO, Indonesia is the second-largest country with dengue cases among 30 endemic regions.

Dengue is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children, and adults, but seldom causes death. Symptoms usually last for 2–7 days, after an incubation period of 4–10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, and unplanned rapid urbanisation.

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous pressure on the health and management systems of Dengue and tens of thousands of cases have not been managed properly, increasing mortality from this viral disease. Fair Future deals a lot with cases of Dengue, especially in poor villages, where no waste management is in place.

The case fatality rate (CFR) has been estimated at more than 20% of those infected. Knowing that Dengue fever affects millions of people every year, this makes it one of the most important causes of death in Indonesia. Complications can lead to circulatory system failure and shock, and can be fatal (also known as Dengue Shock Syndrome).

In some cases, Dengue infection is asymptomatic – persons do not exhibit symptoms. Those with symptoms get ill between 4 to 7 days after the bite. The infection is characterised by flu-like symptoms which include a sudden high fever coming in separate waves, pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint, and bone pain, severe headache, and a skin rash with red spots. Treatment includes supportive care of symptoms.

There is no antiviral treatment available. The illness may progress to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, bruising, and uncontrolled bleeding.

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--> Read the dedicated page about Dengue Fever


More information: https://fairfuturefoundation.org/dengue-fever-cases-still-on-the-rise-despite-seasonal-change/

Dengue Fever

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by dengue virus infection (IVD) which is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Dengue virus infection is an endemic disease that appears throughout the year, especially in the rainy season in various tropical and sub-tropical regions including in Indonesia. The rainy season is an optimal condition for breeding mosquitoes, so there can be an increase in cases that are high and fast. According to WHO, Indonesia is the second-largest country with dengue cases among 30 endemic regions.

Dengue is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children, and adults, but seldom causes death. Symptoms usually last for 2–7 days, after an incubation period of 4–10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, and unplanned rapid urbanisation.

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous pressure on the health and management systems of Dengue and tens of thousands of cases have not been managed properly, increasing mortality from this viral disease. Fair Future deals a lot with cases of Dengue, especially in poor villages, where no waste management is in place.

The case fatality rate (CFR) has been estimated at more than 20% of those infected. Knowing that Dengue fever affects millions of people every year, this makes it one of the most important causes of death in Indonesia. Complications can lead to circulatory system failure and shock, and can be fatal (also known as Dengue Shock Syndrome).

In some cases, Dengue infection is asymptomatic – persons do not exhibit symptoms. Those with symptoms get ill between 4 to 7 days after the bite. The infection is characterised by flu-like symptoms which include a sudden high fever coming in separate waves, pain behind the eyes, muscle, joint, and bone pain, severe headache, and a skin rash with red spots. Treatment includes supportive care of symptoms.

There is no antiviral treatment available. The illness may progress to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). Symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, bruising, and uncontrolled bleeding.

...

--> Read the dedicated page about Dengue Fever


More information: https://fairfuturefoundation.org/dengue-fever-cases-still-on-the-rise-despite-seasonal-change/

Each year, malaria kills thousands of people in Indonesia. 70% of all deaths are children under five years of age.

Malaria

Malaria is a life-threatening disease that spreads when an infected mosquito, bites a person. The mosquito transfers parasites into that person’s bloodstream. Symptoms of malaria include fever and shaking chills. Malaria is common in tropical countries such as Africa and Asia. Malaria is treatable if it’s caught early. The malaria trend in Indonesia is increasing dramatically in recent years. The disease is fairly easy to treat, but access to the most effective treatments remains insufficient. 

90% of all malaria deaths occur due to a lack of access to medical care. Mosquito nets are expensive and out of reach for many.

  • Malaria risk is present below the altitude of 2000 meters
  • High-risk months for Malaria are: January to December

The transmission of COVID-19 in Indonesia has continued unabated and has spread to malaria-endemic areas, in particular the eastern provinces of the country, such as East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) where Fair Future is working, Maluku, and Papua, forcing authorities to intensify their vigilance to avoid a double burden of disease.

According to data from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, an estimated 250,644 cases of malaria have occurred in Indonesia, 85% of which are in rural areas. The high level of malaria endemicity in some areas is a cause for concern, not least because there is no end in sight for the COVID-19 crisis. This figure should nevertheless be taken in the conditional because in a large number of regions of the country, people do not have an identity card or family record book, or people do not have access to medical care.

Plasmodium - a parasite that causes malaria in humans - can damage the immune system, which is why patients with malaria are prone to other infections, including COVID-19.

And there are no new drugs in the development pipeline, which means we may find ourselves without effective options in the future.

Read the full dedicated page here! It's really interesting.


More info: https://fairfuturefoundation.org/medical-assistance-malaria-in-indonesia-what-we-are-doing/

Malaria

Malaria is a life-threatening disease that spreads when an infected mosquito, bites a person. The mosquito transfers parasites into that person’s bloodstream. Symptoms of malaria include fever and shaking chills. Malaria is common in tropical countries such as Africa and Asia. Malaria is treatable if it’s caught early. The malaria trend in Indonesia is increasing dramatically in recent years. The disease is fairly easy to treat, but access to the most effective treatments remains insufficient. 

90% of all malaria deaths occur due to a lack of access to medical care. Mosquito nets are expensive and out of reach for many.

  • Malaria risk is present below the altitude of 2000 meters
  • High-risk months for Malaria are: January to December

The transmission of COVID-19 in Indonesia has continued unabated and has spread to malaria-endemic areas, in particular the eastern provinces of the country, such as East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) where Fair Future is working, Maluku, and Papua, forcing authorities to intensify their vigilance to avoid a double burden of disease.

According to data from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, an estimated 250,644 cases of malaria have occurred in Indonesia, 85% of which are in rural areas. The high level of malaria endemicity in some areas is a cause for concern, not least because there is no end in sight for the COVID-19 crisis. This figure should nevertheless be taken in the conditional because in a large number of regions of the country, people do not have an identity card or family record book, or people do not have access to medical care.

Plasmodium - a parasite that causes malaria in humans - can damage the immune system, which is why patients with malaria are prone to other infections, including COVID-19.

And there are no new drugs in the development pipeline, which means we may find ourselves without effective options in the future.

Read the full dedicated page here! It's really interesting.


More info: https://fairfuturefoundation.org/medical-assistance-malaria-in-indonesia-what-we-are-doing/

A real health emergency, resistance to antimicrobials. It threatens to make simple cuts & easily treatable diseases, are deadly again.

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial agents have played a vital role in reducing the burden of communicable diseases around the world. The WHO South-East Asia Region is no exception. On an Indonesian or "local" scale, antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, are very cheap, accessible, and very effective. It is with good reason that many have long considered them to be "miracle drugs".

The situation in Indonesia with this major health problem is absolutely catastrophic. Participating physicians prescribe antimicrobials on all counts, for infections for which any form of antimicrobial is unnecessary. Too large a proportion of sick patients simply no longer respond to the treatments they - sometimes very urgently - need.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) creates “superbugs” that make treatment of basic infections difficult (and in some cases impossible) and surgery risky. And while the emergence of resistance in microorganisms is an ongoing phenomenon, its amplification and spread are the results of one thing: human behavior.

The WHO South-East Asia Region is particularly affected. As the risk assessments conducted by WHO have shown, the Region is probably the most at-risk part of the world. Not only does AMR affect the health and well-being of people in Indonesia, it also has ramifications for public health and general well-being. This makes the problem of immense global importance.

 


More info: https://www.balimedicaljournal.org/index.php/bmj/article/viewFile/1386/pdf

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial agents have played a vital role in reducing the burden of communicable diseases around the world. The WHO South-East Asia Region is no exception. On an Indonesian or "local" scale, antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, are very cheap, accessible, and very effective. It is with good reason that many have long considered them to be "miracle drugs".

The situation in Indonesia with this major health problem is absolutely catastrophic. Participating physicians prescribe antimicrobials on all counts, for infections for which any form of antimicrobial is unnecessary. Too large a proportion of sick patients simply no longer respond to the treatments they - sometimes very urgently - need.

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) creates “superbugs” that make treatment of basic infections difficult (and in some cases impossible) and surgery risky. And while the emergence of resistance in microorganisms is an ongoing phenomenon, its amplification and spread are the results of one thing: human behavior.

The WHO South-East Asia Region is particularly affected. As the risk assessments conducted by WHO have shown, the Region is probably the most at-risk part of the world. Not only does AMR affect the health and well-being of people in Indonesia, it also has ramifications for public health and general well-being. This makes the problem of immense global importance.

 


More info: https://www.balimedicaljournal.org/index.php/bmj/article/viewFile/1386/pdf

FFF Base Camp In East Sumba

SOME PICTURES OF LIVING CONDITIONS IN EASTERN INDONESIA

PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT COVID-19. For them, this is just some words