Statement of Concern About Indonesia's Worsening Pandemic Crisis

Statement of Concern About Indonesia's Worsening Pandemic Crisis

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STATEMENT OF CONCERN ABOUT INDONESIA’S WORSENING PANDEMIC CRISIS

As members of the Australian academy with deep connections to and knowledge of Indonesia, we wish to express our increasing and profound concern about the pandemic crisis currently unfolding across Indonesia.

The number of officially recorded cases of COVID-19 hit a new high in recent days at over 50,000 cases, and epidemiologists including Dr Dicky Budiman from Griffith University predict this peak will not be reached for some weeks to come. With Indonesia’s healthcare system already at breaking point across densely populated Java and Bali, other regions are also now straining as the Delta variant of the virus takes hold. People are dying at home in increasing numbers, unable to secure medical assistance.

We, as academics with a close and deep understanding and concern for Indonesia stand ready to work with Indonesian researchers and policy makers to assist in whatever way we can. To offer our expertise to monitor, problem solve and offer recommendations based on evidence-based research and scientific inquiry.

We understand that the most urgent needs are in bolstering healthcare capability, particularly in providing care for those already sick, but also for testing and tracing capacity at the local level where puskesmas are no longer able to carry out this work. Healthcare workers, doctors and nurses, are at breaking point and already an under-populated workforce, many of them are themselves falling ill and dying each day.

The Indonesian government is dedicated to accelerating the vaccination rollout, which is being aided by recent donations from countries around the world, including Australia. We welcome this contribution but we would also urge the Australian government to continue to monitor the situation on the ground in Indonesia and consider increasing its levels of assistance as this massive humanitarian and health crisis continues to unfold on our doorstep

Yours Respectfully,

Dr Jemma Purdey, Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University
Dr Thushara Dibley, SSEAC, Sydney University
Dr Dicky Budiman, Griffith University
Dr Rebecca Meckleberg, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana & Asia Research Centre, Mudroch University
Dr Jacqui Baker, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University
Dr Ian Wilson, Murdoch University
Dr Ines Atmosukarto, Lipotek Pty Ltd
Dr Lis Kramer, SSEAC, Sydney University
Assoc. Prof, Katharine McGregor, University of Melbourne

Image: Ahmad Tri Hawaari, Jakarta 2020

 

 

 

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