Millions of people around the world have safely received the COVID-19 vaccine, bringing the world one step closer to returning back to normal. But in many parts of the world, things are not as good. Indonesia was one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid pandemic. At its peak, the country officially recorded more than 50,000 cases a day, but the real numbers may have been higher. Nearly 150,000 people have died, according to government data.
People died in their homes, gasping for breath as oxygen supplies ran out across the archipelago. The sick were turned away from overflowing hospitals and funeral grounds ran out of space for the dead. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said that the country was “teetering on the edge of a Covid-19 catastrophe”.
Despite administering more than 100 million, it is only around 30% of the population. This leaves the country far from achieving herd immunity or group immunity. The benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine are not only for the health sector but also for the economic and social sectors. To achieve vaccination coverage of 70 to 100% across the country, many health workers must carry out vaccinations for all Indonesian citizens. The shortage of health workers is also one of the factors that hinder the acceleration of the Covid-19 vaccination. There is a huge pressure on the existing health infrastructure and there are not adequately trained professionals to carry out vaccination activities. This now requires the assistance of the private sector and medical volunteers. With the help of various parties, Smartco is looking to assist and increase the number of health workers as vaccinators and complete the vaccination target for all Indonesians by the end of this year.
Donations to this campaign will be used to administer free doses of Covid-19 vaccination and essential food assistance in the form of rice for poor and needy communities across Indonesia.
Let’s start with just MYR 10 and help provide medical assistance for our needy brothers and sisters in Indonesia.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother.” [Tirmidhi]