ADB Backs Indonesia's Fight against COVID-19 with $3mn Grant



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on March 20 reportedly approved a US$3 million grant in support of the Indonesian government’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has infected 1,528 people in the country as of March 31. 

    ADB’s official news release stated that the grant will be financed by the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund. This fortunate news goes in-line with the government and World Health Organization's (WHO) strategic preparedness and response plan for Covid-19.

    The grant will help fund the immediate purchase of key medical equipment, such as ventilators and personal protective gear, including gloves, aprons, and masks, for health workers, to support the government’s efforts in containing the virus in the country.

    “ADB is committed to supporting Indonesia in the fight to control COVID-19. This assistance will improve Indonesia’s ability to test people for the virus, manage severe cases, and reduce the risk of transmission among health workers,” said ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa. 

    He also stated that the ADB will continue working with the Indonesian government and various partners to provide flexible solutions that will help Indonesia minimize the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.