STATEMENT BY MS. DIRA FABRIAN, DELEGATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA, AT THE INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE WITH SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT OF EVERYONE TO THE ENJOYMENT OF THE HIGHEST ATTAINABLE STANDARD OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

July 7, 2020 Topics, Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues

44th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL 2 JULY 2020

Madame President,

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to urgently address the issue of mental health.

Social isolation, loss of family members as well as social economic impact has negatively compounded the mental health and well being of societies.

Moreover the surge of infodemics and misinformation on the pandemic has further exacerbated the stress and anxiety of the wider population.

WHO has in numerous occasions stressed the importance for a united action from all relevant stakeholders to fight and address the global escalation of infodemics.

A coordinated approach will not only protect the mental well being of people but also prevent adding unnecessary complexity to the COVID-19 Global response.

Madame President,

The COVID-19 Response has shown the many differing resilience of health systems among countries particularly in the lack of accessibility and affordability of quality health care.  

As the current of chair of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative, Indonesia steadfastly strives to promote the agenda of affordable health care for all in the international agenda.

In this regard, our delegation would like to seek further view from the SR on efforts to ensure equitable access for quality, safe, and affordable health products such as vaccines, medicines and other health technologies, not only for COVID-19 but for health care in general.

It is our hope that the Council would also deliberate on further enhancing the accessibility and affordability of quality health care as fundamental rights of every human being.

I thank you