Contributing factors to strengthening local partnerships
The second wave of COVID-19 in Indonesia stressed the healthcare system, prompting shortages of medical supplies including oxygen and a lack of space in hospitals. The Indonesian Government responded with a new measure on 3 July 2021, the Public Health and Social Measures (PHSM) to restrict public mobility. While COVID-19 positive rates escalated in Yogyakarta, the status of Merapi Volcano has been at Watch/Siaga (level III) since 5 November 2020. As a result hundreds of people from surrounding villages were displaced in temporary shelters. Anticipating the potential for a complex emergency, various units of YAKKUM in Yogyakarta agreed to establish a platform called Bethesda YAKKUM Care Center (BYCC) which is jointly operated by management and staff from the Bethesda hospital, the STIKES Bethesda (health education institution), Bethesda Community Development (CD) Team, YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) and Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM (PRY). Until the end of August 2021, this local platform had provided support for 1,269 female and 1,364 male COVID-19 confirmed patients in isolation and isolation shelter volunteers via hotline services, community and volunteer education, logistics support (PPE, nutrition, medicine and oxygen), and joint advocacy for access to vaccines for the at-risk groups without identity cards as well as vaccine acceleration for at risk groups. This paper describes the dynamics of the BYCC partnership model. There are 3 guiding questions to be explored in this paper:
1. What are factors which contribute to form and strengthen an effective local partnership for responding to
2. What are challenges faced in managing local partnership and ad hoc solutions in place to meet the pandemic-related response?
3. What are the learnings and recommendations for sustaining the partnership model, including the contribution to gender and social inclusion and future preparedness.
This paper was presented by Ms Arshinta, Director of YAKKUM Community Development and Humanitarian Units, at the Regional Lessons Learning Symposium on COVID-19 and Its Impact on Disaster Management and Resilience.
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