Health and Nutrition

Renewing our promise to child and maternal survival and development


Renewing our promise to child and maternal survival and development

Health and nutrition
© UNICEF Indonesia/2014

Since 1990, annual mortality rates amongst mothers and children under the age of five in Indonesia have fallen by half thanks to improved health policy and legislation, a renewed focus on reducing malnutrition, improved coverage of key maternal and child health services and control of childhood illnesses.
However, an estimated 190,000 children still die here before reaching their fifth birthday, and nearly 17,000  mothers lose their lives through problems in pregnancy and childbirth - so we are renewing our promise to children and women to safeguard their health and development.
UNICEF works to improve the coverage and quality of basic health services, with a special focus on under-served communities. We also work closely with government partners to identify critical gaps in technical skills, provide guidance on better allocation of resources, help to gather and analyse important data to help in prioritising responses, and provide technical assistance that helps make health and nutrition programmes more effective.

We support training of health workers, such as midwives, to improve practical skills and key knowledge of good practices that can be shared within the communities where they work.

We support initiatives that help families obtain better information and greater understanding of ways in which they can improve their own health - such as guidance on exclusive breastfeeding, good nutrition for mothers and children, the health benefits of hand washing and the importance of full vaccinations for children.
UNICEF also campaigns to ensure that Indonesian regulations and legislation are in line with international standards, so that every Indonesian child can benefit from the best possible quality of health care, regardless of where they live, or their economic status.

Our work on health and nutrition cuts across other areas such as water, sanitation and hygiene, and education, as well as reducing the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission amongst young people and pregnant women.



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