East Ventures, a venture capital firm in Indonesia, collaborates with local and overseas stakeholders is raising US$ 1 million to purchase at least 1,000 oxygen concentrators through a collaborative movement, named Indonesia PASTI BISA (IDPB) Safeguards Oxygen. This movement is supported by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, Temasek Foundation, IndoTech SG, Indonesian Professionals Association Singapore (IPA SG), and KawalCOVID19. IDPB Safeguards Oxygen leverages technology capability of East Ventures’s portfolio companies in Indonesia, such as Bonza, Xendit, KoinWorks, Waresix, Advotics, and IDN Media.
Indonesia Needs Oxygen Supplies
Indonesia has reported daily COVID-19 cases of more than 30,000 in recent days due to the rapid spread of coronavirus. The peak rise of COVID-19 infections has resulted in the oxygen supply shortage. Hospitals and health facilities are unable to get oxygen supply quickly.
Despite the limited supply, the distribution of medical oxygen has its own obstacles. Not all regions have medical oxygen distributors in their area. The process of mobilization and distribution also takes time, while hospitals and health facilities need oxygen immediately at the same time. The system of oxygen supply can run smoothly by ensuring that there are no obstacles from production to distribution, according to the government. The country is teetering on the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe, thus fixing the distribution based on needs and creating an effective procurement system are urgently required.
Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said, “Since we are running against time, any measurable and massive movement will be very helpful. Indonesia’s Ministry of Health fully supports the Indonesian PASTI BISA movement by startup players, Indonesian diaspora and other communities. Hopefully, this transparent donation and logistics system is sustainable, and can be a small part of the health sector reformation by the Ministry of Health. Let’s unite and face this crisis.”
Collaborative movement for Indonesia
Founding Partner of East Ventures Willson Cuaca said, “In these difficult times, every small act of generosity will have an immediate impact. Every donation will ease the burden on the government and provide tangible help to society. Indonesia PASTI BISA is an integrated, measurable, transparent and accountable movement. We hope that this small movement can lead to a snowball effect. At this point of time, 1,000 units of oxygen concentrators is our minimum target. The more funds we can collect, the more machines we will be able to purchase with better sourcing.”
The oxygen concentrators are able to flow 10L/min 90+% of pure oxygen. The machines will be donated to hospitals and health facilities throughout Indonesia. East Ventures invites all parties to play an active role in saving thousands of lives of COVID-19 patients in Indonesia. The public can donate until 26 July 2021 by accessing indonesiapastibisa.com/oxygen.
“Real friends are those who are with you in both good and bad times. Indonesians need their friends to come together in these bad times.” Willson added.
IDPB Safeguards Oxygen is run based on principles of transparency, accountability, and accuracy. East Ventures will make sure that every party delivers their commitment and work based on a result-oriented principle. Progress and the result of the project will be continuously monitored through a newly built platform by East Ventures’ portfolio companies.
Bonza, a big data analytics company, utilizes its data platform to map and predict oxygen demand across Indonesia. Bonza leverages its end to end solutions to unify tracking across multiple platforms and provide maximum transparency and reliability across the whole process.
Xendit and KoinWorks, trusted and licensed fintech companies, become the payment partners to provide and manage the fundraising platform. The fund will be disbursed directly to order oxygen concentrators for hospitals in need.
Waresix, a logistic tech startup, provides warehouses and distributes oxygen concentrators to hospitals in need across Indonesia.
Advotics, an Indonesian based SaaS startup specializing in supply chain, tracks ordered oxygen concentrators until it arrives at destination hospitals through QR Code. Current stock of oxygen supplies in each hospital is also visible by the technology of Advotics.
IDN Media is involved in reporting progress and result of the project weekly as well as providing relevant content. Every donation will be announced on the website.
Big supports for Indonesia PASTI BISA Safeguards Oxygen
All partners commit to work together through IDPB Safeguards Oxygen, giving their optimal contribution to accelerate the nation’s healing.
Indonesia’s Ambassador to Singapore Suryo Pratomo said, “The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore warmly welcomes and supports the initiatives carried out by various Indonesian diaspora in Singapore in helping the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. The expertise and capabilities of the next generation of Indonesians in various fields, especially technology, have created opportunities in accelerating crisis management, including the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. This initiative and alertness are proof of the great concern of Indonesian citizens abroad, especially in Singapore.”
“As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Temasek Foundation continues to support our friends and neighbours in the region in this fight against the pandemic. We are glad to be able to secure oxygen concentrators for hospitals in Indonesia to provide vital oxygen support to patients. Indeed, no one is safe till everyone is safe. We are grateful to our partners including East Ventures who have made this joint donation possible,” said Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation International.
Account Director at Gartner Cindy Clarissa Adriaan joined the movement as IndoTech SG and IDPB Community Coordinator. “As COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continue to rise, we need to act fast in providing as much support as we can to provide help where it is needed. It is my honour to serve as the community engagement coordinator for this cause, and to make a difference with this initiative with the strong support of many parties. We seek the support from the public. Every life saved during this time is a victory for our humanity,” she said.
Co-founder and CEO of Bonza Elsa Chandra said, “The increase of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is worrying and needs urgent action. Bonza is committed to support families that have been directly impacted by this crisis in Indonesia. It is Bonza’s honor to be part of the IDPB Safeguards Oxygen program, and we hope to contribute to providing oxygen concentrators for those who need it.”
CEO of Xendit Moses Lo said, “Xendit is proud to support East Ventures in this heartwarming collaboration. With the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the need for medical support, we, as a company, are committed to doing our parts to help the nation heals. Through this action, we hope we can ease the burden of those who are affected by the pandemic and provide oxygen to the ones who need it.”
CEO and Co-founder of KoinWorks Benedicto Haryono said, “In these times every effort matters. KoinWorks is delighted to be part of this continuous effort to help the nation.”
CEO and Co-founder of Advotics Boris Sanjaya said, “It is an honor for Advotics to be able to contribute to the IDPB Safeguards Oxygen movement with our unique product identity tracking technology. We hope that this collaboration can facilitate distribution and ensure the security of oxygen supply stocks.”
CEO Waresix Andree Susanto said, “This is a great initiative that we are proud to be part of. We cannot think of a more worthy cause to undertake. We affirm our commitment to dedicate our efforts to make logistics more efficient, transparent, and easy for the Indonesian people.”
Founder and CEO of IDN Media Winston Utomo said, “Collaboration and optimism are the keys to getting through every difficult time. Hence, IDN Media is very excited to take part in Indonesia PASTI BISA initiated by East Ventures. I hope this movement can make a positive contribution in handling COVID-19 in Indonesia and save our family.”