Indonesia

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Using evidence and technology since the 1980s to keep women and children healthy.

  • As a result of strengthened midwifery services in the 15 communities in sub-districts of Ngasem and Kalitidu, births attended by health care providers increased from 63% to 82%.
  • Jhpiego provided technical assistance to adapt the World Health Organization’s manual, Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors, for use in Indonesia; this adaptation serves as the national standard for maternal and newborn health care.
  • Jhpiego launched an SMS (text message) service to provide pregnant women and new mothers with information on reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and care for newborns, infants and early toddlers, gaining over 300,000 subscribers from 284 districts.
  • Under the Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jhpiego supported the Indonesian Academy of Sciences to successfully convene the first Indonesia Maternal and Newborn Health Evidence Summit, attended by over 150 stakeholder participants, to encourage evidence-based policy-making to address maternal and newborn mortality.

Our Work in Indonesia

With funding from Pfizer Foundation, Jhpiego is implementing a three-year project to support Indonesia’s Ministry of Health to co-design and jointly implement a new model for primary health care in Tangerang District. This model seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness and feasibility of client-centered, continuous and coordinated care using child health as an entry point. The project uses technology to enable clients to self-diagnose common childhood illnesses, empower community health workers to detect illnesses early from signs and symptoms, and better facilitate referrals and track the progress of children who are discharged from health facilities.

Jhpiego is currently implementing a project to improve maternal, newborn and child health by increasing coverage of high-quality postpartum family planning (PPFP) services in 12 districts in Indonesia and leveraging the country’s existing PPFP gains and momentum. Applying the World Health Organization’s framework of “Health Systems Building Blocks,” the project addresses gaps related to health workforce, information, contraceptives, financing, leadership/governance and community barriers, as well as gaps associated with introducing PPFP services. The project will also generate practical recommendations for wider PPFP scale-up as part of the Government of Indonesia’s initiatives. This project is made possible with funding from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies and will take special considerations to ensure PPFP service delivery continuity during and post pandemic.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck for Mothers, Jhpiego is conducting operations research that will advance learning around the provision, uptake and continuation of the full range of contraceptives offered in the immediate post-pregnancy period in the public and private for-profit sectors in Indonesia and Kenya. The primary goal is to generate actionable evidence to be used to improve programmatic activities to address post-pregnancy family planning in the public and private for-profit sectors.