ACTNews, JAKARTA – Currently, the activity restrictions in in several cities in Indonesia have been relaxed, a good indication of the handling of COVID-19 in Indonesia. However, with the recent COVID-19 second wave in mid-2021 and the emergence of a new variant of SARS-CoV (Omicron) the direction of the pandemic could change. This serves as a reminder for all parties to increase vigilance and anticipate the spike in COVID-19 cases at the end of 2021.
Because of these conditions, Danone Indonesia handed over an ambulance to the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Foundation to support its actions in serving the community, especially the families of COVID-19 patients. The symbolic handover of the ambulance was attended by the Director of Sustainable Development at Danone Indonesia, Karyanto Wibowo, and the Executive Director of Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Muhammad Basair. It was held at ACT's Head Office in Menara 165, Jakarta, on Monday (12/20/2021) afternoon.
Director of Sustainable Development at Danone Indonesia Karyanto Wibowo said, "Optimal emergency response services to the community are the main things that require special attention and involvement of various parties. Aksi Cepat Tanggap is a foundation that works in the social and humanitarian fields. We hope that this ambulance assistance can support the mobility of the ACT team in serving the community of COVID-19 patients and also in responding to natural disasters. The provision of this assistance is based on Danone Indonesia's commitment to continue to contribute actively and collaboratively to support the government in handling the pandemic and responding to disasters in Indonesia."
The ACT Partnership Team and Humanity Medical Services check the interior of the ambulance. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)
The Executive Director of Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Muhammad Basair, welcomed the support provided by Danone Indonesia. “The recent natural disasters, especially during the pandemic, have forced all parties to work hand in hand. We really appreciate the support in the form of an ambulance from Danone Indonesia which will make it easier for ACT volunteers to work more quickly and swiftly in serving the community. We are grateful that our efforts to always be close to Allah and strengthen relations with our partners by spreading care and empathy have received support from various parties, one of which is Danone Indonesia. Hopefully, with the addition of this ambulance, we can serve, uplift the hope, and save more people," he said.
Danone Indonesia and Aksi Cepat Tanggap have collaborated in social and environmental issues since several years ago, including in responding to the earthquake that hit Palu and the West Nusa Tenggara in 2019 by building an Integrated Community Shelter compound equipped with adequate and child-friendly facilities. The collaborative program aimed to rebuild the lives of the disaster victims, especially children, women, and the elderly by providing security, comfort, and a better quality of life and health.
During the pandemic, Danone Indonesia has ensured the availability of drinking water and healthy food for healthcare workers and vulnerable patients throughout Indonesia through collaborations with various institutions including non-profit organizations, hospitals, and local governments. Danone Indonesia is also quick to respond to the need for clean and quality drinking water for victims of the Mount Semeru eruption by distributing hydration assistance in collaboration with two ministries, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Creative Economy, as well as various other humanitarian organizations.
"We are committed to being able to continue to be present and have a positive impact on the Indonesian people in various circumstances and opportunities," concluded Karyanto.