Jakarta: New Zealand has committed NZ$5 million (Rp46 billion) to support Indonesia in its covid-19 preparedness, response and recovery efforts.
This support is being channeled through UNICEF Indonesia, a long-time partner of the New Zealand Aid Programme in Indonesia.
This support will enable UNICEF to increase its risk communication and community engagement; bolster procurement and distribution of critical PPE, hygiene and infection prevention supplies; and ensure the maintenance of essential health services.
“The covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented public health and humanitarian crisis. As a close bilateral partner New Zealand stands ready to support Indonesia in this crisis. This support directly responds to the Government of Indonesia’s request to support the covid-19 response to get the help to those most in need,” said New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia Jonathan Austin in a press release on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
“We have chosen to partner with UNICEF as they are the lead organisation on the Risk Communication and Community Engagement pillar for the Government’s Multi-sectoral Covid-19 Response Plan. UNICEF is working closely with the Government’s COVID-19 Task Force, as well as with a range of key line ministries to support a comprehensive response and recovery effort”, he added.
According to UNICEf Indonesia Representative Debora Comini, UNICEF has a strong on-the-ground presence with over 160 staff in Jakarta and seven field locations that ensures that its engagement reaches the most remote populations.
"Through this contribution from New Zealand, UNICEF will be able to provide wide ranging support to the Government of Indonesia on risk communication strategies and dissemination of content on digital platforms as well as addressing prevention measures to tackle severe disruptions to essential life-saving services such as immunization," she stated.
“In addition to this, our contribution will bolster the availability of handwashing stations and adapted Covid-19 WASH hygiene kits including home disinfection products in vulnerable areas and support the Government’s Community Based Total Sanitation programme (Sanitasi Total Berbasis Masyarakat) to promote handwashing and other key hygiene related behaviour.”, she added.
The impact of covid-19 is shifting needs and priorities for the world. New Zealand is continuing to engage with Indonesia to ensure that our cooperation and our assistance remains timely, effective and relevant.