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Child Protection and Child Health Crucial Issues Post Tsunami and Earthquakes

04/12/18

Child Protection and Child Health Crucial Issues Post Tsunami and Earthquakes

Pfizer Foundation and Pfizer Employees Aid Children and their Families in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia and Offer over $310,000 in Donation

 

Jakarta, 21 November 2018 – Child protection and child health are two crucial issues needing continued support following tsunami and earthquake disasters. In any calamity or natural disaster, children are the worst affected due to their physical, psychological and social vulnerabilities caused by the disaster itself, separation, or loss of their parents, families and their homes.

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake followed by tsunami hammered Central Sulawesi, Indonesia at the end of September 2018 causing severe damage to thousands of homes, roads and bridges. More than 200 thousand residents displaced, of which around 80 thousand are children, and become refugees in 122 temporary locations.

Recognizing the multi risks affecting children in the area, Pfizer, through The Pfizer Foundation, provided cash donations in support of natural disaster relief and recovery efforts.

In response to the situation affecting children in Central Sulawesi, The Pfizer Foundation provided a total of US$300,000 cash grants to three non-governmental organizations (NGOs): Direct Relief, World Vision (represented by its local partner, Wahana Visi Indonesia) and Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (Save the Children Indonesia). In addition Pfizer Inc employees around the world, including in those Indonesia, personally donated over US$10,000 to aid the affected children in Central Sulawesi.

The Pfizer Foundation’s financial contribution enabled Direct Relief in coordination with Indonesian government to support the deployment and supply of local emergency medical teams to serve communities in need in Palu, Donggala, and Sigi. These medical teams have been conducting mobile medical missions focusing on maternal and child health in remote areas, where those in need of medical care are struggling to reach health facilities. In addition, as part of the recovery phase of this disaster, these funds will contribute to the rebuilding of health infrastructure in the affected areas, so that communities can once again have access to health care.

Since September 30, 2018, Wahana Visi Indonesia has been on the ground responding to the immediate needs of the affected population in Central Sulawesi. Until the end of October 2018, the organization reached more than 36,000 people from its intervention in early phase such as family kits and food package distribution, child-friendly space activities, Clean Water supply, as well as Infant Young Child Feeding Center program.

Focusing on 49 villages in Palu, Donggala, Parimo and Sigi, within six months, Wahana Visi Indonesia aims to meet the immediate needs of 80,000 people, and concentrates on food, non-food items, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, nutrition, and protection, especially for women and children.

Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik worked with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection on the identification and reunification of separated children; providing psychological first aid and child protection by establishing child-friendly spaces as well as distribution of school kits and materials for child mother care (blankets, clothes, mosquito nets, etc).

“Pfizer applauds the Government of Indonesia and all our first responders, who worked tirelessly with the support of private sector, international community and stakeholders, to deliver life-saving aid and health recovery support to the victims, especially to the affected children,” said Anil Argilla, President Director of PT. Pfizer Indonesia.

“The Pfizer Foundation is proud to have played a role help those affected communities following the disasters in Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi island,” said Caroline Roan, President of The Pfizer Foundation.

Gordon Willcock, PhD, Direct Relief Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager said, “Direct Relief is deeply thankful for Pfizer’s expansive commitment to Direct Relief and its global mission to improve the health and lives of people throughout the U.S. and world.”

Doseba Tua Sinay, CEO and National Director of Wahana Visi Indonesia (World Vision) said, “Wahana Visi Indonesia has long presence and strong partnerships with the Government of Indonesia and local partners in Palu, Sigi, and Donggala. Our team responded immediately after the disaster and will continue our commitment to give support as much as possible to ease the suffering of the affected people. We appreciate Pfizer as one of our partners, for their help towards the impacted families.”

"We really appreciate the support from The Pfizer Foundation that helps us to reach more children in Palu and Donggala. At present we are preparing non-food items related to mother and child care. We believe the support can help them to cope with the hardship during this recovery time," said Selina Sumbung, Chairperson of Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (Save the Children Indonesia).

About The Pfizer Foundation

The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to quality healthcare, to nurture innovation, and to support the community involvement of Pfizer colleagues.

About Pfizer Indonesia

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us.

In Indonesia, Pfizer was established in 1969 and has run its manufacture factory since 1971. Starting with 11 employees, now Pfizer employs almost 600 people. For further information about our commitment, please visit www.pfizer.co.id

About Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.

Direct Relief and Pfizer collaborate on multiple initiatives, including the Diflucan access program aimed at controlling two AIDS-related fungal infections, a naloxone access program that is providing up to 1 million doses of opioid overdose-reversing naloxone to healthcare providers in the U.S., and a program that supports children with hemophilia.

About Wahana Visi Indonesia

Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) is a humanitarian organization dedicated to work with children, families, and communities to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. WVI serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. WVI is a locally registered NGO that complies with standards, systems, procedures, and approaches endorsed by World Vision International as a trusted partner in Indonesia.

WVI which has been working in Indonesia since 1998, is covering in 60 districts in 14 provinces until October 2018. WVI strives to bring sustainable changes to 2 million of the most vulnerable girls and boys in Indonesia through prioritizing 6 types of intervention, which are health, quality education, child protection, social accountability and action on pro-child policies and regulations, economic development and resilience and emergency response strengthening. WVI works closely with the government from national to village level and empowers local partners to ensure the sustainability of the programs.

About Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (partner of Save the Children)

Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik partner of Save the Children believes that each and every child deserves a future. In Indonesia and around the world, we strive to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn andprotection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and especially in times of crisis – to transform their lives and the future we share.

 

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Ninesiana Saragih

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