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COVID-19 Situation & Action Program in NTT – We act strongly!

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Alex Wettstein

16/07/2021

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 (Antigen Test type), most people wishing to travel to a neighboring region by plane. Despite this very low rate, there is a sharp increase in cases of virus infections. This means that the screening that Fair Future, Kawan Baik, and our local doctor friends want to perform will show a much higher infection rate. This scares the politicians on the spot, that goes without saying, but it is there, the one and the only way to slow down the contagion, that they also understood it well of the population is tested for Antigen, mostly people wishing to travel to a neighboring region by plane. Despite this very low rate, there is a sharp increase in cases of virus infections. This means that the screening that Fair Future, Kawan Baik, and our local doctor friends want to perform will show a much higher infection rate.

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, that they also understood it well.

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 900 Millions 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).

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Meet the author of this post

Alex Wettstein

My Name is Alex Wettstein, CEO, President, founder of Fair Future Foundation. A Swiss and International official NGO (State Approved Foundation). I'm working as a volunteer, in the fields of health, education, access to drinking water, in South-East Asia, notably in Indonesia since 2010, I am married to Ayu Setia and we have 3 kids, Flavie, Elisa, and Atha.

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