We are facing a significant shortage of drugs and medical equipment for our on-site healthcare access programs.
Our medical teams are out of medicine, and it’s heartbreaking. We need to find the means to buy more to continue to care for sick families and children in the most rural areas of eastern Indonesia.
Our stocks of medicines are almost finished. We have almost nothing left, and at this moment, the foundation cannot afford to obtain or buy more. We have been overwhelmed by the number of patients for several weeks, and the drug requests are enormous.
For example, during a single day of medical care in a village, we can sometimes give almost a hundred kilos of medicines, vitamins, food supplements or other medical treatments. And since the local communities need medical care – and no one else from our two humanitarian organizations takes care of it – the expenses for medical equipment and medicines are significant.
The Malaria epidemic is also responsible for this because we have no effective medicine (antimalarials), so we use a lot of Paracetamol, Vitamins and other valuable drugs against malaria.
As a reminder, the malaria epidemic, which is seriously rife here, affects approximately 70% of children under five, pregnant women, and so-called “vulnerable” people. The mortality rate is very high, and children are dying of malaria due to a lack of medication.