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Jakarta Post

UK funds Indonesian COVID-19 volunteer group to improve data collection in Jakarta

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 3, 2020   /   03:45 pm
UK funds Indonesian COVID-19 volunteer group to improve data collection in Jakarta COVID-19 data is displayed on a laptop in Jakarta on March 3. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The United Kingdom has provided financial support for Indonesian volunteer group LaporCOVID-19 to improve the platform’s capabilities in data collection and information dissemination in Jakarta, the country’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.

LaporCOVID-19 and the British Embassy in Jakarta launched the joint project, worth 56,178 pounds (US$74,700), on Thursday. It is their second project together, following their collaboration with the East Java administration launched on July 3.

This project is part of the British Embassy’s Digital Access Program and will be implemented in collaboration with the Jakarta administration. 

Together with LaporCOVID-19, the city has agreed to develop the Pandemic Vulnerability Index (PVI) to highlight the density and mobility in each subdistrict as a follow up of a risk perception study released by LaporCOVID-19 in Jakarta.

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LaporCOVID-19 cofounder Irma Hidayana extended her appreciation for Jakarta, which she said was one of the most progressive regions for COVID-19 data transparency – an important aspect for policymakers and the public to understand and respond to the pandemic.

“[This project] is intended to offer a visual model of the current pandemic communication that easily explains complex scientific data and information for Jakartans,” Irma said in a statement on Thursday.

British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Owen Jenkins said Indonesia could learn from the experiences of the UK, which had set out the multiple steps to easing lockdown through a new monitoring system of alerts.

“The UK system works on a scale of one to five with specific indicators, ranging from a low to critical threat level. Learning from the experience, data-based indicators are an important consideration for the government in fighting COVID-19.”