WISE Happenings | April 2020
With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continuing to spread through Indonesia and Singapore, our energies continue to focus on supporting efforts in our local communities. Positively, though, in Cambodia there have been no new cases reported for several weeks. As the situation stabilises, we will be making plans to restart our main programmes.
Indonesia: Supplying PPE and masks in Nagekeo
With the help of 27 donors, almost US$ 1,700 was raised to buy personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, KN95 masks, surgical masks, hazmat suits, gloves, face shields, goggles, boots, and hand sanitiser. These were sent to Nagekeo’s COVID-19 health post, who then distributed the equipment to Aeramo Regional Hospital as well as public health centres (Puskesmas) in the regency.
Besides protecting the healthcare workers on the frontline, we also produced masks for the residents. On 28 April, the head of Keo Tengah subdistrict (kecamatan) distributed 500 masks to the residents.
Singapore: Launch of the COVID-19 SG survey
Recognising that it is vital for residents to play their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, now and in the future, WISE launched a survey on physical distancing and hygiene behaviours in Singapore. By making the results available publicly on the survey website, we hope to help ground-up movements and policymakers create more effective safe distancing and hygiene initiatives.
In the two weeks after launching the survey in mid-April, 200 responses were submitted. But we are hoping to reach as many people as possible, especially traditionally under-represented groups. The survey has been translated in 9 languages, and we are actively engaging partners to distribute the survey and interview people directly in order to increase reach.
Paper on community empowerment published
In non-coronavirus news, we are pleased to announce that WISE’s paper on ‘Community Empowerment for Environmentally Sustainable Tourism based on Local Perspectives (Case Study of Anakoli Village, Nagekeo)’, which Harris and Rosa presented at the The 1st International Conference on Environment, Sustainability Issues and Community Development last year, has been published. It is an open access article, and you can view the paper here!