Health and Nutrition


Priority Issues

UNICEF in Action


Priority Issues

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The Child Survival & Development cluster in UNICEF works in partnership with the Government to address these challenges across several critical areas.



With Indonesia’s high levels of acute and chronic malnutrition, supporting the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement, and helping a national anti-stunting campaign. To tackle the growing burden of childhood obesity UNICEF is developing models for addressing adolescent nutrition.


Maternal and Newborn Health

Caring for maternal and newborn health is a priority, especially in the hardest to reach areas, such as the most remote islands. UNICEF is developing referral networks for small island clusters, while simultaneously supporting mentorship programs to improve the quality of care. As Indonesia is one of the only countries in the world with a growing newborn HIV epidemic, UNICEF also works to scale-up systems to prevent of mother to child transmission of HIV.



UNICEF supports routine immunization through effective vaccine management including cold chain improvements. It also supports the national demand generation strategy to improve uptake of vaccines in hard-to reach communities. Finally, UNICEF’s advocacy efforts and technical expertise have been central to successful vaccine campaigns to eliminate polio, measles, rubella and neonatal tetanus.


Malaria elimination

UNICEF is supporting the country to achieve the malaria elimination target by 2030. The support currently focuses on malaria elimination in difficult settings. This includes acceleration of malaria reduction in Eastern Indonesia, protection for vulnerable populations (pregnant mothers and children under 5), and development of an elimination model for mining, forests, borders and remote settings.


Universal Health Care

UNICEF supports the country to strengthen the decentralized health systems towards sustainable and effective universal health coverage (UHC) through: improving quality; expanding the package of interventions covered and; increasing the number of children and families able to access quality services without enduring financial hardship.





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