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Jakarta Post

Family-friendly policies vital in outbreak response: Experts

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Parenting and sex education.(Shutterstock/Michal Swoboda)

Midwife Yati Maryati, 37, is worried about interacting with her children every time she returns home from the community health center (Puskesmas) where she works in Jakarta. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worn a mask everywhere she goes, even at home. But Yati and her husband have to keep working to pay for loans and living expenses for their family, while keeping their three children entertained at home as schools are closed. “Maybe we need a work-from-home policy so that we have more time to take care of the kids,” said Yati, suggesting that she work remotely two or three days a week. The fast-evolving COVID-19 situation has forced many parents like Yati to do whatever it takes to provide for their families during the pandemic. Read also: COVID-19 pandemic forces Indonesian mothers to do it all President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo first urged...