This infographic contains information of marginalized community members’s access to social protection during the pandemic and recommendations for more inclusive access to social protection. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.
This infographic contains information of marginalized community members’s access to social protection during the pandemic and recommendations for more inclusive access to social protection. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.

LeaN On by INVEST DM is an inclusive RCCE program that aims to provide access to risk information and education on COVID-19 prevention, including information on available social protection services, for 165 thousand people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in seven regions in Indonesia. This program is supported by the American people through USAID, and in partnership with BNPB, Kemenkumham, MAJu (The Asia Foundation) and a consortium of partners consisting of Mercy Corps Indonesia, ASB, ThisAble, Human Initiative and AtmaConnect.


This infographic illustrates the importance of two-way communication access between marginalized groups and policymakers for a more effective and inclusive pandemic response strategy. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.
This infographic illustrates the importance of two-way communication access between marginalized groups and policymakers for a more effective and inclusive pandemic response strategy. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.

LeaN On by INVEST DM is an inclusive RCCE program that aims to provide access to risk information and education on COVID-19 prevention, including information on available social protection services, for 165 thousand people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in seven regions in Indonesia. This program is supported by the American people through USAID, and in partnership with BNPB, Kemenkumham, MAJu (The Asia Foundation) and a consortium of partners consisting of Mercy Corps Indonesia, ASB, ThisAble, Human Initiative and AtmaConnect.


This infographic contains recommendations for educational activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 targeting people with disabilities and other marginalized members of society. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.
This infographic contains recommendations for educational activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 targeting people with disabilities and other marginalized members of society. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.

LeaN On by INVEST DM is an inclusive RCCE program that aims to provide access to risk information and education on COVID-19 prevention, including information on available social protection services, for 165 thousand people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in seven regions in Indonesia. This program is supported by the American people through USAID, and in partnership with BNPB, Kemenkumham, MAJu (The Asia Foundation) and a consortium of partners consisting of Mercy Corps Indonesia, ASB, ThisAble, Human Initiative and AtmaConnect.


This infographic explains the challenges faced by persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups in accessing COVID-19 risk information, along with recommendations for more inclusive access to pandemic information. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.
This infographic explains the challenges faced by persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups in accessing COVID-19 risk information, along with recommendations for more inclusive access to pandemic information. An audio version of the infographic will be added to this page soon.

LeaN On by INVEST DM is an inclusive RCCE program that aims to provide access to risk information and education on COVID-19 prevention, including information on available social protection services, for 165 thousand people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in seven regions in Indonesia. This program is supported by the American people through USAID, and in partnership with BNPB, Kemenkumham, MAJu (The Asia Foundation) and a consortium of partners consisting of Mercy Corps Indonesia, ASB, ThisAble, Human Initiative and AtmaConnect.


In commemoration of Disaster Preparedness Day 2021 and the windup of COVID-19 risk communication outreach in Medan, Jabodetabek, and Bandung Raya areas, LeaN On by INVEST DM conducted a webinar entitled “The Role of Families in Pandemic Preparedness and other Disasters” on Thursday, 29 April 2021.

The virtual event invited four panelists: Dian Rosdiana from the Indonesian Anthropology Association (AAI), Ismail Marzuki from the Center for Child Studies and Protection (PKPA), Jonna Aman Damanik from the Indonesian Institute of Inclusion (I3), and Arief Gunawan from Female Plus. Also present as responders: Dra. Eny Supartini, M.M. as the Director of Preparedness…


Ratna Dewi Setyaningsih has been tirelessly advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, especially in the Special Region (DI) of Yogyakarta. The 44-year-old woman, familiarly called Ratna, is a lawyer and the chairman of the Indonesian Association of Women with Disabilities (HWDI) for DI Yogyakarta.

Through her profession and involvement in various programs that assist persons with disabilities, Ratna is determined to fight for the rights of persons with disabilities, especially the women with disabilities who survived domestic violence.

Ratna when delivering COVID-19 risk information and prevention education to an elderly participant who was accompanied by a family member
Ratna when delivering COVID-19 risk information and prevention education to an elderly participant who was accompanied by a family member
Ratna when delivering COVID-19 risk information and prevention education to an elderly participant who was accompanied by a family member

Ratna’s efforts to fulfill the rights of persons with disabilities and marginalized community members to access COVID-19 risk information and…


Sri Rostiaty, one of LeaN On caseworkers, was on her way to visit Farida — a LeaN On program participant on COVID-19 risk communication outreach in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Andri Ginting
Sri Rostiaty, one of LeaN On caseworkers, was on her way to visit Farida — a LeaN On program participant on COVID-19 risk communication outreach in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Andri Ginting
Sri Rostiaty, one of LeaN On caseworkers, was on her way to visit Farida — a LeaN On program participant on COVID-19 risk communication outreach in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Andri Ginting

Farida Hanum, a 49-year-old woman who lives in Medan Marelan, North Sumatra, was sitting in her small grocery shop when Sri Rostiaty first visited about five months ago. Sri was there to provide COVID-19 risk information and prevention education. At that time, Farida had only received information about the new pandemic from television and text messages sent by the COVID-19 Task Force.

“I know that a dangerous virus causes COVID. To prevent its spread, we have to do the 3M (prevention protocol), ”said Farida when asked about her knowledge on COVID-19 before LeaN On’s caseworker visited. …


Heavy rain greeted the LeaN On team upon our arrival in Bandung. We visited Paris van Java, also known as Indonesia’s city of flowers, for a glimpse of the inclusive COVID-19 risk communications in greater Bandung. Heartwarming stories we have heard during virtual exchanges encouraged us to meet some of the caseworkers and program participants in person to dive deeper into their experiences.

Battling Stigma and Misinformation

Our first meeting was at a modest kiosk where Sri, a program participant, manages a laundry business. While waiting for her customers, Sri started to share a story of her 10-year-old daughter who…


It was six at dusk and a small alley in West Jakarta looked deserted compared to the days before the pandemic when this area became even more “alive” as evening came. Now, the doors to the nightclubs on the right side of the alley were closed. The pandemic has stopped the pulse of this area.

That afternoon we had an appointment to meet Rina — not her real name — who works as a manager at one of those nightclubs to talk about the impact of the pandemic on her community. …


“Yes, my role as a caseworker is to educate (participants) on the prevention of COVID-19. But when the people I educated contracted the virus and asked for help, I could never ignore it. There is a moral responsibility there.”

Moral Responsibility

Public health education activity is nothing new to Fajar. It has been almost five years since he got introduced to peer assistance program for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). In 2018, he joined Kotex Mandiri Foundation and became increasingly convinced that social work is his calling. …

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LeaN On by INVEST DM is a USAID funded COVID-19 risk communications & engagement of people with disabilities & vulnerable groups in seven regencies in Indonesia

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