Dear Members,

If you are interested to find out more about the Covid-19 situation in Indonesia, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, Indonesia Studies Programme is organising a Webinar that you are welcome to sign up.

Indonesia’s Public Health Issues and Challenges During the
COVID-19 Epidemic

Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Time: 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm

About the Webinar

The COVID-19 response in Indonesia has been marked by poor policy response and coordination. Initially, the government denied the existence of the virus in the country. A lack of preparedness, worsened by underestimation from the authorities about the seriousness of the pandemic, has contributed to rapid increase in the number of people infected and fatalities due to the new coronavirus.

To date, Indonesia has recorded the highest fatality rate due to COVID-19 in the region, with 8% of fatalities relative to the number of confirmed cases. This figure is also significantly underestimated as the official data does not include deaths of patients suspected to have coronavirus but have yet to be tested. This fact indicates the weakness and extremely limited capacity of the public health infrastructure of the country.

This webinar will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia and will discuss some of the key policies issues and challenges to strengthen Indonesia’s public health infrastructure capacity.

About the Speaker  

Pandu Riono is MD, MPH, Ph.D., an epidemiologist from Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia. His research interests are in statistics, epidemiology, and infectious diseases. He got his medical doctor degree from the University of Indonesia and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.   

About the ISEAS Webinar

As a leading research institute on the study of Southeast Asia, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute is committed to stimulate research and debate within scholarly circles and to enhance public awareness of the region.

While the evolving COVID-19 situation has made it a challenge for speakers and participants to attend our events at ISEAS, we hope that the use of digitalisation tool such as Zoom Webinar will enable us to reach out to our existing and new audiences.

This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

If you are interested to attend, please register here ( receive your unique link for joining the webinar. Limited spaces only, register early to avoid disappointment.

To join the webinar,
1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
2. Set up a Zoom account, using the following link:
3. Click on the unique link in your email.

For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session. 


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