The United States and UNICEF Sign a New 5-Year Agreement to Support Indonesia’s COVID-19 Prevention and Response
Jakarta, 18 October 2021 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNICEF signed a new 5-year agreement to support Indonesia’s response to the immediate risks of the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-term impacts on children.
USAID Indonesia Mission Director Ryan Washburn said “COVID-19 has changed the lives of children in Indonesia, but this pandemic should not deny children’s rights to a healthy future or to realize their full potential. USAID’s continued partnership with UNICEF will expand our support for Indonesia at this critical time.”
The agreement includes a US$10 million grant to accelerate widespread and equitable delivery of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen health systems to better detect, prevent and respond to COVID-19 -- ultimately reducing illness, death, and the spread of the disease. Additionally, UNICEF will receive a separate US$9 million grant from USAID to support the Government of Indonesia with the procurement of critical medical supplies.
With the U.S. Government's previous US$1 million contribution to Indonesia’s COVID-19 response, UNICEF reached close to a half million people with COVID-19 awareness and behaviour change interventions through a partnership with NahdlatulUlama and Muhammadiyah, the country’s two largest faith-based organizations. USAID’s funding also supported the launch of the#COVID19Diaries digital campaign, which has provided young people with a platform to share their experiences during the pandemic, as well as contributed to the distribution of water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies to over 3.5 million beneficiaries.
“As Indonesia begins to recover from the recent COVID-19 surge, we must remain vigilant in our efforts against the virus,” said UNICEF Representative Debora Comini. “Millions of children and their communities across Indonesia are still experiencing the impact of the pandemic on their health, education and protection. Through this contribution from the United States, UNICEF will continue to support the country to respond to the urgent needs caused by COVID-19 and the serious repercussions for children that will outlast the current pandemic.”
From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF Indonesia has supported national efforts to address the immediate and longer-term effects of COVID-19 on the over 80 million children in Indonesia. Working through its national office in Jakarta alongside seven regional and sub-regional offices, UNICEF supports the provision of a wide range of response measures, including support to the roll-out and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.