Supporting Health Workers and Preventing the Spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bali

Supporting Health Workers and Preventing the Spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Bali

Following the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kopernik has initiated our COVID-19 Bali Emergency Response focusing on three key areas: prevention, emergency response and livelihood support for those who have lost their jobs and access to income.

Medical Supplies Distribution

According to Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, Bali’s public hospitals and Indonesia’s Doctors Association, many healthcare facilities in Bali are facing a shortage of medical supplies including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies. This is a real threat that puts health care workers at a high risk of exposure, exerting even more pressure into facilities that are handling a growing number of cases.

As of 14 April 2020, the Kopernik team has distributed 1,000 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 3,808 N95 respiratory masks, 150 litres of sanitizer, 456 litres of liquid soap, and 10,080 bars of soap to Bumi Sehat, Blahbatuh Community Health Center (Puskesmas), Ubud Community Health Center (Puskesmas), Sanjiwani General Hospital, Sanglah Hospital, Wangaya Hospital, Bali Mandara Hospital, and South Denpasar Hospital. All of our response efforts have been conducted in coordination with Gugus Tugas COVID-19 Bali.

Left: Kopernik Team distributed medical supplies to Ubud Community Health Center (Puskesmas) Right: Medical supplies distribution at Sanjiwani Hospital

Anak Agung Gde Putra Parwata, of Sanjiwani General Hospital, Gianyar, Bali, said that the PPE and hand sanitizer they received through Kopernik’s emergency response program have been very helpful in supporting the health workers who have been working tirelessly to provide health services to patients at the hospital.

Eni, from Ubud Community Health Centre (Puskesmas) said that PPE are really needed right now to prevent the virus from affecting health workers.

Face Shield Development and Production
Due to nationwide shortages of face shields, Kopernik has been working on the design and production of protective face shields that will be distributed to protect medical personnel based on needs identified through the Special Task Force for COVID-19 Bali Province. The face shield design has been approved by the Special Task Force (Gugus Tugas) for COVID-19 Bali Province, the Department of Health (Dinas Kesehatan) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). 3,200 face shields are ready to be distributed.

Face shield designed and produced by Kopernik Team

One of Indonesia’s best-known rock bands, Navicula, joined hands (virtually) with us for a streaming concert on Saturday, 11 April 2020 to raise funds to support the production of the protective face shields. More than 5,000 people watched the on-line concert and thanks to all those who supported the campaign. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s still on-line so make sure you watch this incredible production which was a major technical accomplishment as all the band members recorded it from their own homes following the social distancing recommendations currently in place #dirumahaja.

Navicula & Kopernik Corona Streaming Concert

Public Education Campaign with AmanDariCovid19
Preventive efforts are key to flatten the curve and slow down the spread of COVID-19. We are part of the #AmanDariCovid19 initiative - a public education campaign to equip people in Bali (and Indonesia) with trustworthy information on how to protect themselves against COVID-19. Together with AmanDariCovid19 we are producing and disseminating high-quality content to educate the general public about basic preventive actions that need to be taken to protect themselves against infection and slow down the spread of the virus. All content produced and disseminated is aligned with guidelines from the World Health Organization as well as the Indonesian Government.

Livelihood Support
Due to massive job losses across Bali following the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing livelihood support initiatives. Stay tuned for developments in this area - or you can learn more by going to our crowdfunding page.

As the project progresses, we will continue to share updates on our emergency response.