Transforming the lives of Indonesian children with early childhood education
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 August 2016 – A rare sound of children’s laughter can be heard at Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture, where normally Government staff and their partners focus on developing and implementing education policies. A little girl carrying a doctor’s kit declares that she wants to be a pilot. “I also want to be a doctor, and a teacher,” she proudly tells the high-level delegation of officials from the Governments of Indonesia and New Zealand.
It’s good to talk: Technology for children in China and Indonesia
BEIJING, China and JAKARTA, Indonesia, 3 June 2016 – The largest human migration in history is happening in China. Parents from rural areas are moving to cities for work, leaving their children behind.
In Indonesia, building new traditions for a healthier future
BANGGANG, Indonesia, 19 June 2014 - In the village of Banggang, Central Java, located in the shadows of the active volcano Mount Merapi, mothers are learning a new way to feed their babies.
In the fight against malnutrition, knowledge is power
KLATEN, Indonesia, 16 May 2014 – Ibu Sani smiles and calls out ”Selamat pagi” – good morning – as she walks down the street. A community health volunteer for more than 20 years, she knows every woman and child in her village in Central Java province.
Indonesia: In one girl’s recovery, an island’s triumph over malaria
SABANG, Indonesia, 19 March 2014 – When Adelia’s fever simply did not go down, she was tested for the second-most-common malaria parasite – malaria vivax. That was in 2011. Thanks to immediate and effective treatment, Adelia, who is now 9 years old, managed to recover fully. But many others before her were not so lucky.
In areas of Indonesia hit hard by the 2004 tsunami, investment in children’s resilience yields long-term results
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 4 March 2014 – Cut Adelia had not even been born, when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit Aceh province in Indonesia’s far west. But to meet Cut Adelia is to catch a glimpse of the long-term outcomes of the massive relief effort that followed – after the tsunami devastated large parts of Aceh, including her home of Sabang island, on 26 December 2004.
Students walk a rough road to secondary education in Papua province, Indonesia
MEGAPURA, Papua province, Indonesia, 16 July 2013 – It has been four years since Markus last saw his parents, and it will be at least one more before he can go back to his village, Kalbok. But he knows he would not be in school today had he stayed home.
Grassroots programme targets stunting in rural Indonesia
NUSA TENGGARA BARAT PROVINCE, Indonesia, 20 March 2013 – A grassroots programme in Indonesia is making inroads into one of the world’s silent crises – stunting.
In Indonesia, community-based approaches tackle deadly childhood diseases
NUSA TENGGARA TIMUR, Indonesia, 7 June 2012 – In Loli Village, Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Sua Augustinus Hauloni is feeling much happier about his family’s health.
UNICEF and partners pursue equity for poor villagers on remote Indonesian islands
NEW YORK, USA, 2 May 2011 – Atubul Dol is one of Indonesia’s most remote villages. It’s on Yamdena Island in the far south-east of the country – much closer to Darwin, Australia than to Jakarta, the capital.
'Letter to a friend' campaign promotes healthy pregnancies in Indonesia
TIDORE, Indonesia, 22 July 2010 – Nafisa, 30, lost two of her four children before they turned one year old. They had fever and she took them to the local community health centre. “They could not be saved,” she says. “I was very sad.”
Universal blood tests hunt down the malaria parasite in Sabang district, Indonesia
SABANG, Indonesia, 13 July 2010 – Mohamed Safrina, 22, has never suffered from malaria, but he knows it’s a dangerous illness. However, the labourer from Sabang, an island district off the north-west coast of Indonesia, is terrified of needles and a little apprehensive of the gloved nurse kneeling beside him.
Special Olympics Indonesia and UNICEF promote social inclusion
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 14 June 2010 – The sun was just rising over a Jakarta sports stadium one recent morning when Juliwati Japi, 16, arrived for her regular training session, organized by Special Olympics Indonesia.
Expanding child protection services for orphans and vulnerable children after the tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 28 December 2009 – In the playing fields at the Darusada Children’s Centre, a sense of calm provides a stark contrast to what these children have endured. All the residents here have suffered from the recent conflict in Aceh, the trauma of the tsunami or have been rescued from family violence.
Building permanent schools in Indonesia five years after the tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 22 December 2009 – In the playground of the Muhamadiyah Elementary School a peaceful game of rounders is underway. But five years ago, this area was not so serene, as the devastating tsunami claimed the lives of nearly 300 pupils who were enrolled in this school at the time.
Health, education and sanitation improve post-tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, December 2009 – The distinctive voices of Misrina and Bunga can be heard singing above the din of other young children at the Psyandu Plus Centre. Now approaching their fifth birthdays, both were born within a few weeks of the tsunami. Misrina was delivered by a Russian doctor in a hospital tent.
Results achieved in Indonesian drive to enforce salt iodization regulations
REMBANG, Indonesia, 13 November 2009 – Police officer Pak Sunandar has become expert in a skill not commonly practiced amongst law enforcement officers: iodine titration.
Breastfeeding encouraged for quake-affected Indonesian mothers
PADANG, Indonesia, 4 November 2009 – The stacks of formula milk in a former ballroom in the city of Padang, West Sumatra, had to be quickly removed. Though generosity motivated local companies to donate these supplies in response to the 30 September earthquake here, such donations could have proved fatal.
Rebuilding lives and buildings in the aftermath of West Sumatra’s earthquake
PARIAMAN, Indonesia, 29 October, 2009 – It was the sudden, eerie stillness at her family’s small paddy field that gave Cici Yuhendri, age 11, an impending sense of catastrophe. The usual cacophony of the birds disappeared minutes before an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter-scale devastated her home in Indonesia’s West Sumatra Province.
UNICEF Indonesia gets ‘Flu-Wise’ to fight H1N1
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 22 October 2009 - When millions of Jakartans packed trains, planes, automobiles and buses to trek back to their hometowns to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, there was an uninvited guest travelling with them - the H1N1 virus.
UNICEF delivers life-saving hygiene kits in West Sumatra earthquake zone
TANJUNGSARI, Indonesia, 9 October, 2009 – Children and families in Tanjungsari, a hamlet located in the Agam District of Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, recently endured three successive – and massive – natural disasters.
Learning provides hope amidst the rubble in quake-stricken West Sumatra
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 5 October 2009 – Less than a week ago, the children of Padang, in Indonesia's West Sumatra province, were standing amidst the devastation of an earthquake that had destroyed buildings, caused massive landslides, blocked roads and shattered the water supply. They talked to aid workers of their fears: that more shocks would hit the town, that their homes – if still standing – would fall, that their lives would forever be changed for the worse.
Triple punch tests disaster preparedness in Asia-Pacific region
NEW YORK, 2 October 2009 – A convergence of severe natural disasters has left millions of people in distress across Asia and the Pacific this week. Since 26 September, a total of six countries have been hit by flooding, a typhoon, a tsunami and earthquakes.
Ninth International Conference on HIV emphasizes social issues
BALI, Indonesia, 17 August 2009 – The Ninth International Congress on HIV and AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) was held in Bali last week. The theme of the Congress was: ‘Empowering People, Strengthening Networks’.
UNICEF Indonesia supports influenza pandemic preparedness
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 May 2009 – UNICEF Indonesia is supporting a series of simulation workshops to help the country prepare for a potential influenza pandemic.
Measuring the impact of economic crisis on Indonesian children and families
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 April 2009 – Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is showing signs of further economic decline this year, and the government wants to quickly detect how badly children and poor families are affected.
UNICEF opens 200th child-friendly and earthquake-resistant school in Aceh
ACEH, Indonesia, 20 February 2009 – For years after the December 2004 tsunami devastated Aceh, students from three different schools squeezed themselves into the only building left standing.
From remote villages to bustling cities: educating Indonesians about HIV
WEST PAPUA, Indonesia, 28 November 2008 – It is before dawn as a UNICEF outreach team departs on a bumpy six-hour drive up a steep mountain road to the remote village of Imbenti. The goal is to bring life saving information about HIV/AIDS to the approximately 100 families who are living in the Arfak moutains of West Papua.
Puppets and peers teach Indonesian children the importance of handwashing
KLATEN, Indonesia, 10 October 2008 – Students at a small rural elementary school here are learning a lesson that could save their lives. It’s a simple habit that many people around the world take for granted: being able to wash their hands with soap.
Tsunami-affected children prepare for school at early childhood development centres
ACEH, Indonesia, 22 September 2008 – The massive destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami has left almost no trace in the Paya Baru sub-district. New, permanent houses are sprouting along the arterial street connecting this area to western towns along the coast of Aceh, while small businesses are beginning to flourish.
UNICEF works to protect the most vulnerable from malaria in Indonesia
YAMLI VILLAGE, Indonesia, 12 September 2008 – For centuries, the people of the South Halmahera islands have been dealing with a major health threat that those living in other parts of Indonesia have since forgotten. The threat is malaria, a disease that attacks the most vulnerable. Now, the government, UNICEF and other partners are taking concerted action to end this threat.
UNICEF supports a new mother living with HIV in Indonesia
GRESIK, Indonesia, 25 August 2008 – Umi was just like any other girl in Gresik, a sweltering port city in East Java. But one night, some older male friends invited her to a party, where she was shown an assortment of strange needles and syringes.
Young scouts add voices to curb bird flu in West Java
WEST JAVA, Indonesia, 19 August 2008 – More than 5,000 Indonesian boy and girl scouts have pledged to fight the battle against avian influenza in their home province of West Java. The scouts recently gathered at a seaside town in Sukabumi district to learn about bird flu and how they can help protect their communities from the deadly virus.
Villagers tap the rain to improve health and hygiene near quake-affected Yogyakarta
TLOGAWATU, Indonesia, 18 August 2008 – On the eastern slopes of Mount Merapi, a sacred, active volcano on the island of Java, change is about to come with the next rainfall.
Educating Indonesian mothers and midwives during World Breastfeeding Week
LOMBOK, Indonesia, 29 July 2008 – It’s early morning as Dwinta Dyah Larasanti, a midwife, sets off to the local health clinic prepared to fight poor infant feeding – a trend that leads to the death of some 50,000 children in Indonesia each year. Dwinta’s weapon in this battle is simple: accurate information.
New borehole well provides safe water to Aceh schoolchildren and villagers
ACEH BESAR, Indonesia, 23 July 2008 – The scorching sun overhead does not deter cheerful students at SDN 1 Lampaseh elementary school from washing their hands at the public water taps nearby. These schoolchildren are the first in a generation to benefit from a supply of fresh, safe water from a borehole well in Kampung Baroeh village.
Through a UNICEF-supported project, Aceh villagers finally get safe water
MERIE SATU, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, 4 June 2008 – For decades past, the residents of Merie Satu village could only dream of one day having access to safe water. There was no water source in their community, located in the rural, conflict-affected district of Bener Meriah in the heart of Aceh.
‘Art in a Bag’ programme helps Indonesian children express their feelings on conflict
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 14 May 2008 – Walking through the great hall of the Aceh Ministry of Education, one cannot help but be drawn to the illustrated scenes of peace which line the walls as part of an exhibit of children’s art. The illustrations were created through UNICEF’s ‘Art in a Bag’ programme, which has been running in Aceh for the past two years.
Over 1,000 people take part in a simulation of a bird flu outbreak in Bali
BALI, Indonesia, 9 May 2008 – A three-day drill to test Indonesia’s capacity to cope with a possible bird flu outbreak was held on the island of Bali last month.
Local health centre in Lamcot provides 24-hour service for the community
LAMCOT, Indonesia, 23 April 2008 – It was 10 p.m. on a Friday when Rosmalida realized her baby was about to be born. Thankfully, professional help was only a few metres away at the new community-based integrated health centre in Lamcot.
Traditional Birth Attendants and midwives partner for women’s health in Indonesia
SULAWESI, Indonesia, 9 April 2008 – Approximately 1 in 97 women in Indonesia will die during childbirth or because of complications related to pregnancy. Thankfully, Noni, a 27-year-old mother of four, is alive and well due to proper medical treatment from her local health centre.
Innovative methods bring quality schooling to poor children in Indonesia
SOLO, Indonesia, 15 February 2008 – Ifah, 12, wakes up every day before dawn to get ready for school, reading over her lessons as she packs her bag. For this sixth-grader, learning is fun. “I love school, especially English,” she says.
Protecting the basic rights of orphaned and vulnerable children in Banda Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 11 January 2008 - In 2004, Tibang Village in Banda Aceh was devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Many children were orphaned in the disaster and have been living with relatives or extended families ever since.
UNICEF launches bird flu education campaign to help Indonesian children
MOJOKERTO, Indonesia, 19 December 2007 – UNICEF has launched a new nationwide campaign in Indonesia to raise awareness among children about the dangers of bird flu.
New classrooms and a new safe haven for tsunami-affected children in Aceh
PANCA, Indonesia, December 2007 – Fourth-grader Sri Rahmadani, 10, takes pride in her attendance record at school. “Unless I am sick, I want to come to school,” she says.
UNICEF helps build a child-friendly justice system in post-tsunami Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, December 2007 – With the pounding of a gavel, the judge hands down her sentence for Nuzulfadli, 17, who is on trial for stealing a motorcycle. No jail time is demanded.
Aceh ‘superhero’ helps tsunami-affected children keep clean and healthy
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, December 2007 – Cloaked in shrouds and face paint, and wearing helmets adorned with plastic orbs, two dark figures startle an audience of primary school students, causing young girls in the front row to cower in fear.
UNICEF supports rainwater harvesting for families on remote islands in Indonesia
ALOR, Indonesia, 14 December 2007 – The island of Alor is just two short flights away from Bali, and yet it’s a world away when it comes to the most basic of life’s necessities: clean drinking water.
UNICEF supports youth participation at climate change conference in Bali
BALI, Indonesia, 12 December 2007 – On the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference now under way in Bali, Indonesia, UNICEF has held a series of events to highlight the effects of global warming on children and to ensure that young people are involved in debate on this issue.
'Progress for Children': New house, new garden and new chance at a healthy life in Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 21 November 2007 – If you ask Mega where her original house was located, she points to the ground under her feet. “You are standing on it,” she says. Mega’s house, like most of the homes in her community, was destroyed during the earthquakes and tsunami that struck this coastal region on 26 December 2004.
Evacuation orders in effect as East Java volcano alert remains high
NEW YORK, USA, 19 October 2007 – Over 100,000 people have been evacuated from the region within 10 km of Mt. Kelud, as officials continue to monitor volcanic activity from the East Java volcano.
New permanent schools in post-tsunami Banda Aceh set new standards
ACEH AND NIAS, Indonesia, 11 October 2007 – UNICEF has built more than 50 schools since opening its first permanent education facility in tsunami-stricken Banda Aceh a year ago.
UNICEF steps up awareness campaign after reported bird flu deaths in Bali
BALI, Indonesia, 27 August 2007 – Officials in Bali are investigating the death this weekend of a woman who may have been infected with the avian influenza virus. If confirmed, it would be the island’s third death linked to the virus. Thousands of birds have already been culled in an effort to prevent a wider outbreak.
Going the extra mile: UNICEF Indonesia immunization drive reaches remote areas
HARATAI VILLAGE, Indonesia, 24 August 2007 – It’s just after dawn and Riniyati is getting her 11-month-old baby girl Tresia ready for the day. She softly tells Tresia that today is special. Today she will go to the village longhouse to be immunized.
Justice and support for victims of child sexual abuse in Indonesia
LOMBOK, Indonesia, 2 August 2007 – Lombok is a picturesque tropical island, one of thousands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. But behind the beauty lies the issue of child abuse, a hidden crime that affects the most vulnerable in the form of violence in the home and at school, child labour and sexual abuse.
UNICEF Indonesia supports community bird flu prevention programme
CURUG VILLAGE, Indonesia, 16 July 2007 – Hundreds of residents of Curug village were joined by senior officials and UNICEF representatives last week for the provincial launch of the Avian Influenza (AI) Kit, a simple tool that helps empower people in the fight against bird flu.
UNICEF to distribute 100,000 bird flu prevention kits in Indonesia
GARUT, Indonesia, 5 June 2007 – For people in Garut, West Java, a six-hour drive from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, Monday is usually just the start of another work week.
Lawmakers inspired by field visit to UNICEF Indonesia projects
LOMBOK, Indonesia, 15 May 2007 – More than a dozen lawmakers from around the world took time out from the recent Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly held in Bali to take a firsthand look at UNICEF projects on neighbouring Lombok Island.
UNICEF supports improved sanitation in the rebuilt homes of Aceh and Nias
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 9 May 2007 – Ibu Nuria is not happy. Even though she likes her newly built house in Klieng Cot Arun village, Banda Aceh, the facilities are incomplete. “There is no drainage system in place,” she says. “It concerns us.”
A post-tsunami milestone: 100 new schools built or under construction in Aceh and Nias
ACEH AND NIAS, Indonesia, 7 May 2007 – The mayor of Banda Aceh, Mawardi Nurdin, recently opened SDN 96 Primary School in the community of Neusu Aceh, Baiturrahman – thereby reaching a milestone of 100 new schools either completed or under construction since the December 2004 tsunami devasted the education infrastructure in this region.
Fighting indifference and ignorance to tackle avian flu in Indonesia
SRAGEN, Indonesia – In a small village in Central Java, Wiyatno, a farmer, surveys the dark and empty chamber that was once his chicken coop. Dried droppings and the odd feather are the only proof that the gloomy structure was once home to 1,000 chickens.
Rebuilding a safety net for new mothers in Indonesia
TANJONG VILLAGE, Indonesia, 20 April 2007 – On the outskirts of Banda Aceh, midwife Radliana is making a house call. She climbs the steps to a white house with a bright green door and knocks. “Salaam Alaikum,” she calls.
UNICEF helps train midwives to improve maternal and newborn care in Indonesia
KUPANG, Indonesia, 26 March 2007 – Just an hour’s flight from the tourism hub of Bali lies a string of islands known as East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). White sandy beaches, picturesque sunsets and warm, friendly people have made the tiny archipelago look like an idyllic spot.
UNICEF supplies reach West Sumatra quake survivors
NEW YORK, USA, 12 March 2007 – UNICEF emergency supplies have reached the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, where two major earthquakes last week killed dozens of people and injured nearly 1,000 more.
Emergency aid sent to quake survivors in West Sumatra, Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 March 2007 – UNICEF is sending in truckloads of emergency supplies to victims of Tuesday’s quake in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra.
Immunization drive for flood-affected children in Jakarta, Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 February 2007 – Upon hearing that a free immunization drive was under way, Linda, 27, a mother of two, did not think twice before bringing her young daughters to an emergency health centre in central Jakarta.
UNICEF aid reaches children and families affected by Jakarta floods
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 February 2007 – As torrential rains ease off and floodwaters begin to recede, thousands of people in Jakarta and surrounding areas are now returning to their homes.
School construction poses unique challenges on post-quake Nias Island
NIAS ISLAND, Indonesia, 7 February 2007 – At the UNICEF-provided semi-permanent primary school of Dahana Humane, just outside Nias Island’s capital Gunung Sitoli, morning religion class is under way for the 18 students in the fifth grade.
More aid needed for thousands displaced by severe flooding in Jakarta
NEW YORK, USA, 6 February 2007 – Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, was paralyzed over the weekend as severe flooding left large parts of the city underwater. Relief assistance is now beginning to reach affected areas.
After Aceh floods, relief efforts help families cope with effects of ‘tsunami from the river’
TAMIANG DISTRICT, Indonesia, 12 January 2007 – After the Tamiang River burst its banks late last month, Rachwaty and her four children spent three days and nights on the roof of a mosque while their village was submerged in floodwaters up to three metres high.
Ten-year-old drummer from Indonesia pledges support for UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 5 January 2007 – The sound of drumming fills the room, but just as loud is the applause and cheering of the crowd, which calls out the performer’s name – “Rafi!”
UNICEF applauds Indonesia’s ratification of Mine Ban Treaty
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 4 January 2007 – Nearly nine years after Indonesia first signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, the government has finally ratified the convention. The action helped Indonesia join with more than 150 nations that are committed to achieving a mine-free world.
Relief efforts ‘contain’ effects of flooding on Indonesian children and families
NEW YORK, USA, 3 January 2007 – Following massive flooding that started on 22 December, UNICEF Indonesia and its partners have managed to get many of the disaster’s most serious effects under control.
Flash flooding and landslides bury Indonesian towns and displace 400,000
NEW YORK, USA, 27 December 2006 – The floodwaters have slowly begun to recede in the north, east and central Aceh regions and Sumatra, Indonesia, but a humanitarian crisis remains in their wake.
Child-friendly schools set stage for quality education in post-tsunami rural Indonesia
CALANG, Indonesia, December 2006 – It’s the first day of school for children of Kampong Baro, a fishing village on the west coast of Sumatra island. Early in the morning, Mourie Yuniar, 10, gets ready and joins other children in her neighbourhood heading to their brand new school.
Safe water and a new sense of community for Central Java quake survivors
GADUNGAN PASAR, Indonesia, 14 December 2006 – Mohammad Arief injects a clear chemical from a syringe into a bucket of water drawn from a village well. His audience, mostly women and children from the village of Gadungan Pasar, watches the water with expectation.
Rebuilding young quake survivors’ dreams at child centres in Central Java
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, 11 December 2006 – Six months ago, Mohammad Hisyan, 9, was left with little more than his guitar. It was one of the few belongings he managed to save when a devastating earthquake struck Central Java.
Bill Clinton visits rebuilt school in Aceh on final tour as UN tsunami envoy
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 4 December 2006 – Ibu Nurhayati has a big smile on her face. She just met Bill Clinton. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery has come to her school – SDN 1 Peukan Bada, on the outskirts of Banda Aceh – to take a look at UNICEF’s permanent school reconstruction program.
Community education campaign raises bird flu awareness in Central Java
NEW YORK, New York, USA, 22 November 2006 – In Central Java, Indonesia, UNICEF has trained 40,000 community educators to warn people about the dangers of avian influenza, or bird flu.
Quake-affected children and families in Central Java begin return to normalcy
NEW YORK, USA, 30 October 2006 – Five months after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Central Java, Indonesia, UNICEF and its partners are giving hope to many of the survivors.
UNICEF promotes exclusive breastfeeding to save children’s lives in Indonesia
FLORES, Indonesia, 17 October 2006 – With a broad smile and large, brown eyes, 15-month-old Filno seems the picture of a happy childhood. Unfortunately, the wispy-haired boy has rarely seen a healthy day in his life. Since he was four months old, he has suffered consistently from recurrent fever, influenza, asthma and a host of other health problems.
Taking action against bird flu in Indonesia
SOUTH SULAWESI, Indonesia, 10 October 2006 – More than 10,000 people gathered in the rural town of Gowa recently for a celebrity-hosted event to raise awareness about avian influenza. It was part of a UNICEF-supported campaign called Tanggap Flu Burung, or 'Take Action Against Bird Flu'.
Indonesian child-friendly schools provide a haven from abuse
KUPANG, Indonesia, 9 October 2006 – Hundreds of students in red and white uniforms line up neatly in the schoolyard of Inpres Tenau Primary School. It seems a typical start for a day at any school in eastern Indonesia.
Community education raises HIV/AIDS awareness in Papua, Indonesia
PAPUA, Indonesia, 29 September 2006 – Like many young people, 19-year-old Rifal (not his real name) never used to worry about AIDS. He saw it as a problem that only affected high-risk groups, such as intravenous drug users. His view changed in February 2006, when he discovered that he had contracted HIV.
Fighting measles and raising awareness in Indonesia
KUPANG, Indonesia, 2 October 2006 – For the first time in several days, Juwita is feeling well enough to help her mother prepare lunch. The nine-year-old grins as she slices vegetables in the kitchen, happy to be rid of the rash and high fever that came with the measles virus that recently plagued her.
Community manpower makes clean water a reality in Aceh
LAMKUNYET, Indonesia, 5 September 2006 – As volunteers connect the final pieces of piping from a trench to a house, Abdullah Nya’Neh grows more excited. He is the village chief of Lamkunyet, a small community on the outskirts of Banda Aceh, which is about to receive running water for the first time. It will bring a dramatic change to a rural area that has traditionally drawn its water from wells.
Taking the fight against HIV/AIDS into Islamic schools in East Java, Indonesia
PROBOLINGGO, Indonesia, 28 August 2006 – A call to prayer, instead of a school bell, signals the end of the morning session of classes at Zainul Hasan Islamic school in East Java.
Back-to-school campaign under way in Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 28 August 2006 – Basyirah, a third-grade elementary school teacher, could not suppress her glee as she recounted her experience in Indonesia’s tsunami-ravaged region of Aceh.
Indonesian communities bring child labourers back into the classroom
NGEPUNG, Indonesia, 21 August 2006 – Sigit Wicaksono, 14, sits in front of a computer, trying to figure out the popular Excel software programme. Mastering Microsoft and modems is a new experience for him. His hands are used to hard labour, not handling a mouse.
Breastfeeding saves lives after earthquake disaster
NEW YORK, USA, 31 July 2006 – Breastfeeding gives children the best start in life. It protects them from diseases such as diarrhoea and respiratory infections, and provides all the nutrients that newborns need to stay healthy and grow. If every child was exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, an estimated 1.5 million young lives would be saved.
School construction lifts children’s spirits in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 25 July 2006 – For more than a year now, Rahmat Riski Karunia and his classmates have attended school in a temporary compound built with funding from UNICEF while a permanent structure is being built next door.
Families displaced by tsunami in Java begin returning to their homes
NEW YORK, USA, 24 July 2006 – One week after an earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the south and west coast of Indonesia’s Java island, killing more than 500 people, many families in the affected areas are beginning to return home.
Aid distributed in communities hit by Java quake and tsunami
NEW YORK, USA, 21 July 2006 – UNICEF emergency supplies are being distributed among communities in Java to help them cope with the aftermath of the tsunami that struck the south coast of the Indonesian island on Monday, killing more than 500 people.
Supplies reach tsunami-stricken south coast of Indonesia’s Java island
NEW YORK, USA, 19 July 2006 – UNICEF supplies have reached the south coast of Indonesia’s Java island, where an earthquake and tsunami struck on Monday, leaving hundreds of people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
‘Back to school’ campaign for quake-affected children in Indonesia
NEW YORK, USA, 19 July 2006 – Children in quake-affected communities across Central Java, Indonesia are back in their classrooms as the new academic year begins this week.
Emergency supplies en route to tsunami zone on Indonesia's Java island
NEW YORK, USA, 18 July 2006 – Supplies are making their way to Indonesia’s island of Java, where a tsunami struck on Monday, leaving hundreds of people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
UNICEF assesses emergency needs following Java quake and tsunami
NEW YORK, USA, 17 July 2006 – UNICEF is sending a rapid assessment team to the Indonesian island of Java, where a series of earthquakes triggered a tsunami just after 3 p.m. local time today.
In Aceh, Indonesia, children’s video diaries document their lives after the tsunami
NEW YORK, USA, 13 July 2006 – At the sprawling Meulaboh camp in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Syahrul, 12, focuses his video camera on a budding yellow flower. Syahrul is one of thousands of Acehnese children living in camps for people displaced by the December 2004 tsunami.
Indonesia fights avian influenza with information and action
CENTRAL JAVA, Indonesia, 12 July 2006 – UNICEF and its partners have launched a grassroots campaign to help the Government of Indonesia battle the growing threat of avian influenza.
Flash floods kill over 200 on Sulawesi island, Indonesia
NEW YORK, USA, 22 June 2006 – More than 200 people have died in flash floods after three days of torrential rains swept through eight districts in South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.
Young quake survivors battle tetanus infection
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 June 2006 - Four-year-old Dani lies weak but restless in her hospital bed. She’s been here for four days with her mother, Ibu Gini.
Education, water and sanitation at forefront of UNICEF quake relief in Indonesia
NEW YORK, USA, 12 June 2006 – While communities pull together in Central Java, Indonesia, gradually clearing buildings destroyed by the 27 May earthquake, UNICEF is putting education, water and sanitation at the forefront of its ongoing relief efforts there.
In Java quake’s aftermath, UNICEF expands relief efforts and monitors volcano threat
NEW YORK, USA, 8 June 2006 – Nearly two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Central Java, Indonesia, UNICEF is concentrating its relief efforts on providing survivors with safe water and adequate sanitation, and has just launched a massive immunization campaign.
Life after the earthquake in a village in Central Java, Indonesia
NOGOSARI, Indonesia, 6 June 2006 – A string of brick houses along a lush green hillside comprise the quaint village of Nogosari in Central Java, Indonesia. But at 5:55 a.m. on 27 May, Nogosari’s tranquillity was suddenly punctured. The 6.2 Richter-scale earthquake, its epicentre just a few km away, violently lifted up this village before setting it back down again as little more than a pile of rubble.
UNICEF opens first child protection centre in Indonesia quake zone
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2006 – Just three days after a devastating earthquake struck Central Java in Indonesia, UNICEF has opened the first child protection centre in the quake zone.
UNICEF emergency supplies reaching thousands affected by Indonesia quake
NEW YORK, USA 30 May 2006 – UNICEF emergency supplies are flowing into Central Java, Indonesia, to assist thousands of victims of Saturday’s earthquake.
Relief supplies arrive to help survivors cope with Indonesia quake impact
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, 28 May 2006 – In the early hours of the day yesterday, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck just south of Indonesia’s art and culture capital of Yogyakarta, Central Java. The quake left more than 4,600 people dead, mainly in the rural district of Bantul, situated between Yogyakarta city and the southern coast of Java.
Thousands reported killed in central Java earthquake; UNICEF responds
27 May 2006 – Almost 3,000 people have been killed in an earthquake that struck central Java, Indonesia, at 5:55 local time this morning, according to the provincial government’s Emergency Coordinating Agency.
Children in Aceh anticipate opening of first post-tsunami permanent school
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 25 May 2006 – Children in Aceh are eagerly awaiting the opening of the first of many schools UNICEF is helping to build in place of those swept away by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
On Indonesia’s Nias Island, UNICEF helps rebuild the lives of quake-affected children
GUNUNGSITOLI, Indonesia, 10 May 2006 – Well over a year since a violent earthquake shook the island of Nias in Indonesia, killing 800 people and destroying 90 per cent of the infrastructure, UNICEF continues to offer vital protection for children.
First permanent centre for Aceh’s children opens its doors
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 8 March 2006 – Children across Aceh Province now have a new place to stay, learn and play. The region’s first permanent child centre has opened its doors, welcoming young survivors of the tsunami that devastated Aceh in December 2004.
Indonesia: Building new and improved schools
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, December 2005 – Desks shake, pencils and markers roll to the floor. A warning bell sounds and the students of Primary School Number One in Banda Aceh race for the nearest exit. Yet there is no fear on the faces of these children. They file outside and sit in the schoolyard, as one of the students sings a call to prayer.
Indonesia: Short- and long-term tsunami recovery
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, December 2005 – “The tsunami catastrophe was one of the biggest in a century. In less than 10 minutes, over 200,000 people were killed by the waves and over half a million people became homeless. UNICEF’s immediate response was to provide immediate help to these people by trying to contain the catastrophe." says UNICEF Head of Office for Banda Aceh, Edouard Beigbeder.
Working to reunite families fragmented by the tsunami
JANTHO, Indonesia, December 2005 – Sitting among a group of fellow survivors of the tsunami, 10-year-old Muhammad Nurwansyah laughs at the antics of an Indonesian comic performing on the television. It’s an uneventful Sunday afternoon at this camp for the displaced in Jantho, about an hour’s drive from Banda Aceh.
UNICEF breaks ground in the construction of 300 new schools in Aceh and North Sumatra
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 29 September 2005 – Workmen began today to prepare the foundations of the first new UNICEF permanent schools in Aceh.
Public information and immunization go hand-in hand in massive Indonesia polio campaign
JAKARTA, 30 August 2005 – A group of Indonesian mothers wearing brilliantly-coloured headscarves are gathered in the small meeting room of the local ‘Puskesmas’ (community health centre), where they come to learn about nutrition, immunization and the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. The children are outside, playing in the warm afternoon – unaware that just a few miles away, polio has struck eight of their peers and paralyzed them forever.
Indonesia: For children, protection and a chance to play
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 21 June 2005 –Sitting close together in the open tent, the young boys rehearse the carefully choreographed movements that will accompany their song. They will be performing this piece at a forthcoming celebration, and they want it to be just right.
Indonesia: Rebuilding schools
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 21 June 2005 – Nine-year-old Sufrisa sits in the front row of her makeshift classroom – a tent standing on the tsunami-ravaged landscape of the Aceh coast, in northern Sumatra. Her personal tragedy sets her apart even from most of her classmates.
Indonesia: Massive campaign to stop a polio outbreak
JAKARTA, 1 June 2005 – A massive polio immunization campaign has begun on the island of Java, Indonesia, aiming to protect more than 6.4 million children from the crippling disease.
Indonesia: New schools for tsunami children
BANDA ACEH/NEW YORK, 31 May 2005 – UNICEF has completed the first step in rebuilding hundreds of Indonesian schools destroyed by December’s tsunami. Two hundred temporary schools are being set up in Aceh – one of the worst affected areas – and will be used until permanent classrooms have been constructed.
Indonesia: The power of touch helps children heal
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 8 March 2005 – Catholic nun Brigitta Renyaan is using the power of touch to heal the psychological wounds inflicted on the children of Banda Aceh by last December’s tsunami.
Indonesia fights polio outbreak
WEST JAVA, Indonesia, 6 May 2005 – The Indonesian Health Ministry today confirmed that another child has been paralysed by polio, bringing the total to five so far in the current outbreak. Officials have informed UNICEF that a further nine suspected polio cases are being investigated.
Emergency treatment for hundreds injured in Indonesia quake
NEW YORK, 4 April 2005 - Up to 1,000 people are now feared dead in the earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Nias last week. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of collapsed buildings and the search is continuing for others still missing.
UNICEF aid arrives on Indonesian island hit by earthquake
NEW YORK, 1 April 2005 - Desperately needed supplies have arrived on the Indonesian island of Nias, where survivors are struggling with water shortages following this week’s earthquake. The relief effort has been severely hampered by bad weather and damage to the local airport.
Aid dispatched to Indonesian earthquake victims
NEW YORK, 31 March 2005 – Relief supplies are starting to reach areas damaged by the earthquake that struck Sumatra and nearby islands in Indonesia this week. More than 600 people are reported dead on the worst-hit island of Nias, where a quarter of all buildings have been destroyed and thousands of people left homeless.
Tsunami survivor helps her community recover
BANDA ACEH, 8 March 2005 - Three months ago, Masyitah Sembiring’s life was totally shattered by the tsunami. Today, she has a new job and a new purpose in life.
UNICEF responds quickly to massive earthquake off Sumatra
NEW YORK, 29 March 2005 - UNICEF has completed a flyover assessment of Nias and Similue, the islands struck by a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra on 28 March, and plans to airlift emergency supplies as soon as possible.
Massive earthquake strikes Sumatra
NEW YORK, 29 March 2005 - An 8.7 magnitude earthquake near Sumatra on March 28 has created widespread panic and may have caused hundreds of deaths.
A school principal in Banda Aceh looks to the future
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 21 March 2005 - Yustiti sifts among the rubble. It hasn’t rained for two weeks and the mud left behind by the tsunami is baked hard. She picks up a school textbook, the dried pages thickened by water, reads the cover, then throws it away.
ECHO and UNICEF working together to improve hygiene following tsunami
ACEH, Indonesia, 25 February 2005 – Hundreds of thousands of Indonesia’s tsunami survivors are still living in temporary shelters, making the risk of an outbreak of waterborne diseases a major concern. Many camps lie in low-lying areas prone to flooding, and some need urgent help in maintaining a supply of clean water. To help the survivors cope, UNICEF and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office, or ECHO, have joined forces to improve sanitation and water facilities across Aceh province.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits tsunami-devastated Aceh Province
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 7 February 2005 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visited tsunami-devastated Aceh Province, Indonesia, on 3-5 February.
Back to school in Banda Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 26 January 2005 - It is quarter to eight in the morning at SDN 3 Primary School in central Banda Aceh. A young girl, dressed in her school uniform of a long red skirt and crisp white shirt, slips off the front of her dad’s motorbike and walks through the entrance. It is her first day of school exactly one month after the tsunami struck.
Disease threatens Banda Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 19 January 2005 – Sanitation conditions in relief camps in Banda Aceh have deteriorated since the tsunami hit the area in late December.
Protecting the Tsunami Generation from disease
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 7 January 2005 - Currently living in over-crowded relief camps, the Tsunami Generation in Banda Aceh are now becoming extremely vulnerable to disease.
Centres to protect children from abuse, exploitation
New York, 7 January 2005 – UNICEF has set up the first centres to protect children from exploitation and criminal trafficking in the Indonesian province of Aceh.
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy tours a devastated Banda Aceh
NEW YORK, 6 January 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy visited the areas around Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Wednesday - probably the most devastated zone in the entire region.
More devastation revealed in Indonesia as UNICEF aid reaches children
NEW YORK, 4 January 2005 - As UNICEF aid reaches survivors of the tsunamis in Indonesia, the tremendous scale of the devastation in some parts of the country is being revealed. Many people who fled from coastal villages in the west of Sumatra report whole communities being wiped out.
UNICEF helps children cope with the devastation
ACEH, Indonesia, 3 January 2005 – Life-saving supplies provided by UNICEF are being distributed in order to help the children of Indonesia in coping with the devastation caused by last week’s tsunamis. The monstrous tidal waves have left over 82,000 people dead and over 1,600 people missing.
Children facing devastation in Indonesia
ACEH, Indonesia, 29 December 2004 – Indonesia’s children are stuggling to survive the aftermath of the tsunamis that destroyed homes, roads and the water and sanitation infrastructure across the island nation.
Asian countries hit hard by powerful earthquakes and tsunami
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 26 December 2004 – A series of powerful earthquakes unleashed massive tidal waves across Asia early Sunday morning, killing more than an estimated 23,000 people in six different countries, according to various news reports.