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New Zealand commits $5m to UNICEF to support Indonesia’s Covid-19 response

NZ govt pledges $5 million to protect Indonesia against Covid-19.

New Zealand has today committed NZ$5 million 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 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.

Winda and Fariska
Winda and Fariska

Winda Ika Saputri and her two-year old daughter Fariska during a home visit from nutritionist Dessy Sandra Dewi in Paseban Village in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia. © UNICEF/UNI329145/Ijazah

“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”, said Ambassador Austin.

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.

“We have a strong on-the-ground presence with over 160 staff in Jakarta and 7 field locations that ensures that our 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 immunisation.”

Covid-19 Indonesia response
Covid-19 Indonesia response

Patients sit in an indoor waiting lounge at the Bayat Community Health Centre in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia. The seats are arranged using physical distancing measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. © UNICEF/UNI329153/Ijazah

“In addition to this, our contribution will bolster the availability of hand washing 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 hand washing and other key hygiene related behaviour," said Ms. Comini.

The impact of COVID-19 is shifting needs and priorities for the world. New Zealand is continuing to engage with Indonesia to ensure that its cooperation and assistance remains timely, effective and relevant.