CBM Australia Provides Additional Support for Vulnerable People in Indonesia

Stories | September 7, 2021

Battling the Second Deadly Wave of COVID-19 Infections

With over 4 million cases of Covid-19 and almost 132,000 deaths, Indonesia is in the midst of a devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Driven by the deadly Delta variant, high infection numbers have overwhelmed hospitals who now face shortages in essential medical items, such as beds, oxygen, medicines, and PPE, as well as medical workers themselves as they too fall victim to the virus.

As local health workers and authorities struggle to keep the virus under control, CBM Australia is committed to ensuring that vulnerable people, including people with disabilities and the elderly, can access to life saving medical care, information and support services, so that they are not disproportionately impacted by the virus.

CBM Australia will support a 6-month Covid-19 Emergency Response in Yogyakarta, focusing on:

  1. Ensuring people, including those most at risk, have access to accessible information on the importance of being vaccinated, protecting oneself from Covid-19 and what to do when exposed.
  2. Providing PPE, psychological and health support, and capacity building for health workers and volunteers responding to Covid-19.
  3. Providing cash to enable most at risk families to meet their basic needs and return to earning an income.
  4. Supporting those most at risk to access vaccinations by providing transportation or accompanying them to health centres or organising vaccines at their homes.

For the CBM team, working amidst a lockdown is an undeniable challenge. It requires flexibility, adaptability and agility to respond to those most in need. CBM staff will continue to support those most at risk, whilst following health protocols, such as working remotely, ensuring their own health and safety is protected.

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