INDONESIA HAS BECOME THE NEW EPICENTRE OF COVID-19 IN ASIA But you can help the most vulnerable families survive.
Indonesia is fighting an exponential surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Currently there are nearly 50,000 cases reported daily in Indonesia, however some experts are projecting that the real number is closer to a staggering one million per day. Of major concern is how the second phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia is having a heavy toll on children. According to the COVID-19 National Task Force, there were about 250,000 children who tested positive for the virus in late June. On top of this, the child mortality rate caused by COVID-19 has reached 3 to 5 per cent, which could be the highest in the world according to the World Health Organisation.
Sadly, due to a lack of crucial health resources throughout the country, many women, men and children have given up on travelling to hospitals for testing or treatment, leading to the virus continuing to spread throughout cities and villages.
Over 1,200 people are losing their lives to COVID-19 each day, with total deaths since the onset of the pandemic sitting at more than 90,000. And that’s just the official figures – experts again suggest that the true death toll is likely to be more than three times higher. Despite this possible underreporting, Indonesia’s fatality rate is currently the highest in Southeast Asia, overtaking India as the epicentre of COVID-19 in Asia.
Vaccination levels are sitting at just six per cent as the country struggles to vaccinate the country’s population of 270 million people.
As always, families living in poverty are the hardest hit. We urgently need to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country’s most vulnerable communities.
What we're doing
Opportunity is working with our local program partners in Indonesia to support the most vulnerable communities where essential health services have been decimated by the pandemic. We provide training and loans and meet weekly with over 1.3 million families. Through these trusted relationships and over 4,000 field workers we are able to quickly assess the needs of each family, disseminate vital information and support, and link people to crucial services including vaccination. With your help we can:
- Prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and encourage COVID-safe practices by working to disseminate vital health education materials through SMS, WhatsApp, posters and other virtual means.
- Ensure that families have support to weather lockdowns by helping communities access social protection programs and welfare schemes, as well as promoting enrolment in various government support programs.
- Expedite mass vaccinations to improve immunity by collaborating with the Indonesian government to promote and organise various vaccination camps and mobilise communities to participate in immunisation efforts.
- Help restore the livelihoods of those who have lost everything through this pandemic by providing additional training and crucial emergency loans to help families restart their businesses and rebuild beyond COVID-19.
Please, will you help us slow the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia?
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