Improving maternal and newborn health services in Eastern Indonesia

Findings from an external review

A woman holds her child at the posyandu in Kupang
UNICEFIndonesia/2018/Shehzad Noorani


Preventable maternal and newborn deaths in Eastern Indonesia are considerably higher than in other parts of the country. Geographic access barriers, inequitable distribution of health personnel, decentralization-related implementation gaps, infectious diseases including malaria and basic resource limitations have been identified as factors contributing to preventable deaths.

This report documents three inter-related program initiatives that attempt to address these gaps. The Integrated Malaria and Maternal and Child Health program (MiP-MCH); the Cluster Islands Approach; and the Perinatology Mentorship initiative were developed as a partnership between Ministry of Health, Provincial and District Health Offices and UNICEF to accelerate reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality in Eastern Indonesia. This report highlights the experiences, achievements, challenges and
future plans of these programs. Assessment methods included in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and program implementers, a document synthesis and secondary analysis of quantitative health management data.

Improving maternal and newborn health services in Eastern Indonesia

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