The Secretary-General has said, "No country can overcome this COVID-19 crisis in isolation". Only together can we protect healthcare workers and the world's most vulnerable people. By working together, we can revive our economies, end this pandemic, and recover. Under the spirit of togetherness and solidarity, the UN team in Indonesia and the Indonesian Government has increased resilience in the community and reduced transmissions – by accelerating the nation's vaccination efforts and providing 1 million antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs). Together, we help students and teachers return to school safely during the pandemic. Together, we empower more women impacted by the crisis by securing temporary income sources with the cash-for-work programme.
In light of these achievements, the April 2021 edition of the UN in Indonesia Newsletter features stories from UN agencies in Indonesia and how innovation, shared knowledge, and expertise can help people recover from the pandemic and overcome inequality and poverty barriers. In addition, this newsletter highlights the recent Girls in ICT Day campaign, elevating awareness of socio-economic issues such as digital literacy, especially for women and girls in coping with COVID-19 to keep vital services and businesses going.
These stories of adaptability and resilience of women, children, teachers, people living with HIV, refugees, migrant workers, and farmers inspire and motivate us at United Nations in Indonesia to work collectively to support and empower people and their livelihoods.