Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, President Joko Widodo issued Presidential Decree (Keppres) no. 7 of 2020 in relation to the Creation of COVID-19 National Task Force on March 13, 2020, chaired by the Head of BNPB (National Disaster Management Agency).
The Head of BNPB, as the Chairperson of the Task Force for accelerating the response measures to COVID-19, stated that the Status of the Coronavirus Outbreak Disaster in Indonesia was extended until 29 May 2020. With the stipulation of COVID-19 as a non-natural disaster, its management is not only the responsibility of the government, but it requires the involvement of all communities and community-based organizations, including local government, community leaders and religious leaders, in the delivery of public education and campaigns.
Appeals have been delivered to the public, institutions, including health institutions and religious institutions, in order to build sufficient capacity to tackle COVID-19 and enable the COVID-19 mitigation measures as early as possible in their respective environments. The community is also encouraged by the government to participate in spreading positive messages related to COVID-19 mitigation, such as implementing health protocols in daily life, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance between people, to control local transmission.
In Indonesia, the government reported 38 people died with 450 have been confirmed positive with COVID-19, as of 20 March 2020. As many as 20 people have also been declared cured. In the national level, as many as 25 provinces have established COVID-19 Task Force, and 11 provinces have declared Emergencies.
As of 21 March 2020, affected communities who have confirmed positive with COVID-19 as well as patients who died from COVID-19, are distributed across 17 provinces; Jakarta, West Java, Banten, East Java, Central Java, East Kalimantan, Bali, Yogyakarta, Riau Islands, Southeast Sulawesi, West Kalimantan, North Sumatra, South Sulawesi, Central Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Lampung and Riau. Based on this distribution areas, it is necessary to immediately initiate early preventive measures in the communities through education and public campaigns that are more accessible and inclusive in reaching all society groups without causing further stigma and misinformation.
In addition, the message is to pay more attention to at-risk groups who have high potential of contracted by COVID-19, such as elderly, people with chronic health problem, such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic breathing, high blood pressure and other critical illnesses. In addition, health workers who took part in examining, caring for, delivering and cleaning the room in the COVID-19 treatment facilities, were also vulnerable to the contagion.
YAKKUM (Christian Foundation for Public Health), through its extramural units, such as YEU, PRY and the CD Bethesda YAKKUM, have been mobilized to coordinate and collaborate with YAKKUM hospitals, such as Bethesda Hospital for COVID-19 countermeasures in Yogyakarta. Including mapping the urgent needs both in health institutions, community groups, and church communities.
Since being declared as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, YAKKUM hospitals have increased its medical service capacity by preparing systems and isolation rooms, and tightening health protocols for its staffs and visitors. However, as more patients with potential COVID-19 arrive, hospitals need to be equipped with adequate medical infrastructure according to health standards and additional health support personnel (medical and non-medical).
Based on the above assessment, YAKKUM team has mapped the immediate needs as follows:
Communities in areas which have declared state of emergencies
Education and public campaign:
Education and public campaign:
Scarcity is common in the PPE package supply chain.
Since the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic on 11 March 2020, YAKKUM, in this case extramural units (YEU, PRY and CD Bethesda YAKKUM) and YAKKUM hospitals have carried out initiatives targeting three scopes; hospital-based, community-based and institutional based readiness (including churches and partner institutions).
Each YAKKUM unit has also circulated appeals to internal staff, assisted communities and partners regarding primary prevention actions that can be taken.
Due to the scarcity, the logistics team collected data on vendors to purchase goods for PPE standards, disinfectant packages and other hospital equipment.
Sector of Intervention
Continue the procurement process.
Recruitment of health volunteers (medical and non-medical).
Continue the fundraising which is conducted jointly with Pelkesi (Indonesia Christian Association for Health Services).
Currently, YAKKUM together with the DRR Forum in Yogyakarta delivers CSO recommendations to the Provincial Government of Yogyakarta on several key issues:
- budgeting the social security measures, for those affected by COVID-19
- strengthening the coordination and synergy of local government units and community groups, including CSOs, religious institutions, universities, the media, the private entity and other parties
- encouragement to CSOs and religious institutions to optimize their collective potential with COVID-19 mitigation, such as in social distancing
- active participation of the private entity in the COVID-10 countermeasures
- CSO participation in monitoring schemes for managing accountable social safety net programs for COVID-19
COORDINATION AND NETWORKING
YAKKUM, through YEU, was involved in virtual discussions and coordination organized by national clusters and sub-clusters. In addition, YAKKUM is involved in collaboration with Pelkesi in raising funds and supporting hospitals.
Anastasia Maylinda (mobile: +62 812-1560-898, email: email@example.com)
Donation to YEU:
Yakkum Emergency Unit
at Bank Mandiri
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