Fair Future and Kawan Baik as part of its socio-medical activity in eastern Indonesia, take care of individuals, families, and communities.
As the world fights COVID-19, there’s never been a greater need for accurate, verified information. We can all play our part in stopping the spread of harmful misinformation.
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 organisational 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.
WHAT THE FOUNDATION IS DOING FOR FEW MONTHS NOW!
- Screening and testing of people, in areas most affected by the pandemic, public places such as local markets;
- Reception of persons of people in the Base Camp of Rumah Kambera for advice, screenings, tests and vaccination;
- Take care of people to be placed in isolation, feed, care for, occupy and make understood the merits of the isolation measure;
- Coordinate the foundation’s screening, testing and vaccination actions with local authorities, the Indonesian Red Cross;
- Avoid the spread of the virus as much as possible by implementing the necessary measures;
- Coordinate actions requiring medical care with our team of doctors and the network of young volunteers from Indonesia;
- Setting up information sessions wherever we can, with distribution of masks, disinfectant solutions, clean water and food for communities, villages and families;
The impact of COVID on mental health … and how we can help each other
When we are feeling down, talking about it can help. Contact someone close to you.
“This pandemic came to disrupt our lives and our health, both physical and mental.”
Those were the words of the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, at a recent summit in Athens about the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health.
The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. It’s completely normal to feel down, even in everyday life, it happens to us all.
But with the added pressures, loss, and disruption that COVID-19 has brought, people everywhere have struggled to find ways of staying positive.
There is a simple way that can help, whether gradually or instantly, and that’s talking and listening.
When we’re feeling down, talking about it can help. Reach out to someone close to you. Tell them how you are feeling. Or ask them how they are. Hearing someone share their feelings and emotions, or having your feelings heard, can help unburden some of the stress, worry, fear, and angst that COVID-19 has caused.
Critical mental health services have been disrupted in 93% of countries during the pandemic. If you are feeling low and unsure who to turn to, or if you have noticed a friend or family member who isn’t coping well, try to take that first step and start talking about it.