As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our lives, we feel incredibly lucky to have access to one thing that remote communities may not, information.

Our work at SurfAid has always focused on serving remote regions and families isolated from basic services. Accessing our communities requires lengthy travel under hazardous conditions. This environment contributes to poor infrastructure and no access to the internet, leaving our families with a serious delay in receiving important information to protect themselves from COVID-19.

When the Indonesian government announced their emergency response to the crisis on March 15, our field team quickly mobilised to spread the message throughout our communities.

In coordination with local governments we translated emergency messaging to local languages, and prepared, printed and distributed education materials including posters, focused on COVID-19 prevention.

The messaging focused on handwashing, sanitation, use of disinfectants, and other safety precautions like social distancing, avoiding unnecessary contact, and safe coughing and sneezing.

Our smaller posters were placed in locations where people frequently stop, and large banners in public places where people pass through, to reach a broader spread of the local people. Our local staff placed the key COVID-19 health messaging posters in front of their houses, to
further promote information in a no-contact way.

We are thankful to be able to continue to serve our community by improving their knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 and how to protect themselves and their families.