On Thursday, US Charge d’Affaires Heather Variava and Bogor Regency Assistant for Governance and Community Welfare Renaldi Yushab Fiansyah participated in a handover ceremony at the Ciawi Puskesmas (Community Health Post) in Bogor.
These stations are the first batch of 250 total handwashing stations that will be installed in nine densely populated cities (Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Deli Serdang, Depok, Kabupaten Bogor, Sidoarjo, Gresik, and Kota Malang) as part of US emergency assistance for covid-19.
In total, the 250 handwashing stations will improve access to clean water and soap for 250,000 community members.
“When a global health crisis arises, America responds with timely, appropriate, and expert assistance. We remain committed to cooperating with Indonesia in the fight against covid-19, even while we still battle the pandemic at home. These donated handwashing stations will help prevent the spread of disease,” Variava said in a press release on Thursday.
The US is the largest contributor to global public health, and continues to help friends and allies through an “All-of-America” effort that includes government, multilateral, business, NGOs, and faith-based aid.
Over the past 20 years, USAID has invested over $1 billion into Indonesia’s health sector, building a strong foundation for a more effective covid-19 response.
“The covid-19 pandemic has increased the need for handwashing with soap. We are sincerely grateful for the assistance and support that the United States Government and USAID are providing through their hygiene and sanitation project, which is helping to address the basic needs of Bogor residents,” said Bogor Regent Ade Yasin, as conveyed by Renaldi.
Bogor’s 20 handwashing stations will be installed in ten markets and ten health posts throughout the city.