Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, medical waste was an environmental problem in Indonesia, found in almost all the nation’s landfills. This year, a documented rise in medical refuse in Indonesian waterways threatens both the environment and human health.
As COVID-19 has spread across Indonesia, with Jakarta at the centre of viral transmission, the capital’s under-resourced Emergency Ambulance Service and relatively small number of first responders and vehicles have become increasingly overwhelmed.
Getting around Indonesian cities can already be a nightmare for the average pedestrian. But it’s far more challenging for people with disabilities, putting them at a disadvantage for a vast range of daily activities.
Working as a sales promotion girl (SPG) is one way for young Indonesian women to earn a decent income, but SPGs say they put up with daily sexual harassment.