After weeks of unconfirmed rumors and government denials, President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, officially announced on March 2, 2020, the arrival of COVID-19 in Indonesia. Within a month, all 34 provinces were touched by the pandemic with the Capital Region of Jakarta and the provinces of West and Central Java the most affected. Since then, COVID-19 has battered the population in successive waves of growing intensity, making Indonesia the country in Southeast Asia with the highest number of infections and deaths for most of the two subsequent years and even putting it at the apex of global ranking following a spike of the Delta variant in July 2021.
Johanna Debora Imelda is an associate professor at the Department of Social Welfare, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Indonesia. She earned her Master of Arts in Development Studies with a specialization in Population and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands, in 1998–1999. Subsequently, she obtained a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2002–2003. Johanna completed her Doctoral degree from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2011, with a thesis on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. In 2013–2014, she conducted postdoctoral research in Malaysia with financial support from Monash University Malaysia and Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Bagus Aryo is the Deputy Director of the National Islamic Economy and Finance Committee (KNEKS), Indonesia. He also teaches at the School of Environmental Science (Master of Disaster Management), Universitas Indonesia. His primary research and practice interests, with more than 20 years’ experience, are microfinance, community development, corporate social responsibility, and social policy. He has extensive practical knowledge as a consultant for national and international agencies, including for ministries in Indonesia, and international and local profit and non-profit organizations. Bagus Aryo received his doctoral degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and has been appointed Secretary General of Indonesia Microfinance Expert Association (IMFEA).
Rosalia Sciortino holds professorships in social sciences and international development at Mahidol and Chulalongkorn Universities, she is the Founder and Executive Director of SEA Junction, a Southeast Asia-Focused foundation. Previously, she served as regional director for Southeast Asia at the International Development Research Centre and the Rockefeller Foundation and officer for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia and the Philippines.Who-Cares-Covid-19-Chapter5-SEAJunction