OPSI COVID-19 Innovative Response Tracker

Village Emergency Response Team to battle COVID-19 through social, economic and financial support programs

Innovative response

A village in Yogyakarta regency, Indonesia, formed a COVID-19 emergency response team, the ‘Panggungharjo Tanggap’ COVID-19 (PTC), which mitigates the prevention, treatment and management of the COVID-19 disaster in a strategic way, based on empirical data and in close cooperation with its citizens.
The PTC, which is formally established through a village decree, maps the conditions of the people and bases programs to mitigate social and economic threats on the result of these data. The village conducts local surveys, where citizens monitor and report their health condition regularly on a joint online data base, also health workers monitor and report on health conditions to address potential aspects of carriers, such as through migrants.
Programs include public awareness raising and educating the community or spraying the village with disinfectants, the use of village funds to build village infrastructure and employ villagers who have lost their income as a consequences of the COVID-19. Mapping of poor and disadvantaged households is conducted and social collection is done in case of need for low-income families. Even mid-term effects are considered and food security is analyzed and seeds are distributed to ensure some basic commodities during recession and to improve the nutritious diet and prevent food shortage.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

"The PTC mitigates the prevention, treatment and management of the COVID-19 disaster in a strategical way, based on empirical data and in close cooperation with its citizens.
Villagers are informed and are able to take informed action in the battle for COVID-19.
The outcome of the virus is reduced due to concerted preventive measures
Disadvantaged groups are supported, economic loss is reduced.
Access to local commodities enabled.
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Organisations/institutions involved

Village Government, Youth groups, Emergency Response Team, the ‘Panggungharjo Tanggap’ COVID-19 (PTC), Religious and social leaders.

Potential issues

Data security

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Level(s) of government:
  • Local government
  • Non-Profit/Civil Society

Issues being addressed:

  • Patient care
  • Health and safety of responders
  • Information and practice sharing (with public and/or internal)
  • Resource management and mobilisation
  • Governance responses
  • Real-time data collection, sharing, and analysis
  • Public service delivery under new circumstances
  • Social effects of the crisis