How the Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation Stays Positive and Acts Positive during the COVID-19 Outbreakadmin
Jakarta, YKPI – COVID-19 has spread around the world, including in Indonesia, with devastating effects. In addition to witnessing this catastrophe, however, we are also seeing acts of kindness and caring from people and organizations toward the vulnerable communities that might otherwise fall through the cracks of the pandemic.
The Indonesia Breast Cancer Foundation (IBCF) understands and is concerned about the tough position that doctors and other healthcare workers are in at some cancer hospitals in Jakarta. They need to continue to provide full treatment to the cancer patients, even those affected by this corona virus, often with lack of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
In response to this situation and to show its appreciation, the IBCF, with the help of its survivors, caregivers, and volunteers, has conducted fund raising activities in order to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and food supplies to the healthcare workers at the Dharmais National Cancer Hospitals, the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, and the Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, Regional Public Hospital Pasar Rebo, who are working so hard at this difficult time.
The IBCF is also aware of the economic downturn that has affected many underserved communities in Indonesia. Especially during this fasting month of Ramadan 2020, the IBCF’s breast cancer survivors, caregivers, and volunteers are showing their sympathy to those who are affected by this situation by donating some food supplies and necessary face-masks to five orphanages which are homes to a total of 108 children.
It is the IBCF’s hope that these contributions will have meanings to those affected by this pandemic, especially for the front liners who are trying to help and to cure COVID-19 patients at the hospitals, whose motto is
“Let us work for you, you stay home for us.”
Greetings from the IBCF: “Show You Care Be Aware (Ning Anhar
Indonesia – as published in “bloom” by Reach to Recovery International, June edition)