B Braun Indonesia donates 170,000 masks to support health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This donation distributed to more than 30 hospitals specialized in COVID-19 throughout Indonesia. Delivery made from the warehouse to the destination hospital directly started on Thursday, 2 April 2020.
President Director of B Braun Indonesia, Rainer Ruppel, explained that this donation is the reflection of B. Braun’s commitment as a responsible company to protect and improve the health of the people in Indonesia.
"For nearly 40 years, B. Braun has lived in Indonesia providing products and services focused on process optimization, security, partnerships, and progress. Today, we continue our commitment to this nation by actively supporting medical staff against COVID-19," added Rainer.
B Braun Indonesia has implemented a work-from-home system since March 17, 2020, for all employees in the sales office, and has suspended all internal and/or external activities involving large groups. The initiative carried out to protect employees from the possibility of being exposed to COVID-19 and will continue until an undetermined time.
0n the other hand, to anticipate the supply need, patient therapy, and medical therapy support devices at the Hospital not disrupted, B Braun Indonesia took various initiatives to ensure the delivery activity, basic solutions production, and technical service continue to run. Those activities run by modifying working hours and giving extra health facilities for employees.
As COVID-19 is increasingly spreading, Bayer Indonesia has taken the initiative to help the Government of Indonesia to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the underprivileged area. Of the confirmed cases in country, 50% is in Jakarta and 45% of the residential areas in Jakarta are slums and densely populated with substandard living conditions. This is characterized by poorly ventilated housing which can worsen the condition of people with acute respiratory infections. Our assessment also found the residents to be using public shared washing room. The ability of the population to prevent infection is rather limited as well as seeing the doctor or going to the hospital for examination.
Therefore, Bayer Indonesia has decided to make a total donation of around IDR 1 billion, of which 70% as monetary donations and the remainder in the form of product donations. We have partnered with Mercy Corps Indonesia Foundation to roll out key programs which include: 1. community education program on healthy living; 2. donation of vitamin and analgesic products; and 3. construction of public hand washing facilities. These programs are prioritized for high-risk communities (elderly, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women) in Penjaringan village, North Jakarta.
In addition, Bayer Indonesia also donated vitamin to government offices to help improve the immunity of employees in the high-risk segment who still have to do community service at the time of this pandemic. All the donations are carried out in the corridor outlined by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).