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Preventing HIV Transmission from Mother to Child
Kaibena Kulua is a 23-year old mother who lives in Jayapura, in the Indonesian province of Papua. During her senior year of high school in 2005, a shocking news had hit her: she was tested positive for HIV.

One mistake, what price to pay?
Despite the obvious weaknesses in the system, efforts are being made to improve the way in which Indonesia deals with its youngest citizens who come into contact with the law.

One family’s drive to ensure clean water and sanitation for their village
In the village of Bakribo, Papua, more than 360 people had been living for almost 40 years without a decent supply of water.

Our dreams are coming true, the new school latrine...
I still remember that visit as it was good news for me and my friends because I was told by my teacher that our school would be provided with a new school latrine in the coming months.

London’s legacy reaches rural Indonesia
The schoolyard of primary school SDN29 in Ureng, Bone, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province is some 13,000 kilometres from the Olympic stadium in London, but it,s just as full of sporting excitement.

Exclusive breastfeeding, means breast milk, and nothing else
Exclusive breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths, yet according to the Demographic Health Survey exclusive breastfeeding rates have dropped over the past decade. Today, only one third of Indonesians exclusivel

Midwives are better equipped to improve their knowledge and community’s awareness
Village midwives in Pemalang, and West Lombok are now better equipped to improve their service to women and children in their respective village, thanks to Nokia phone provided to them by UNICEF in partnership with Nokia and XL Axiata

In Indonesia, community-based approaches tackle deadly childhood diseases
Pneumonia and diarrhoea account for 2 million deaths among children under age 5 each year, a new UNICEF report reveals. But these diseases are preventable and, when they strike, treatable.

Back to school in Polman
After her father had passed away years ago and her mother had to go to another island to earn a living for the family, Ernia, a 13-year old girl who lives in the village of Batetangnga in Polman, was forced to drop out of school and take care of her youn

UNICEF Regional Director's visit to Tanah Papua
UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, Dan Toole, visited Indonesia's Papua province this week, to see firsthand how UNICEF and its partners are tackling disparities in some of the most remote parts of the country.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey in Bahamyenti
Since the mid-1990s, with UNICEF’s support MICS has enabled more than 100 countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS which hav

Malaria is an Old Story
Since 2010, with technical and financial assistance from UNICEF, the Government of Sabang has been organizing mass blood screening twice a year, in dry and rainy season in malaria foci sub-villages1.

Balancing the role of midwife and mother
In the suburbs of Banda Aceh, Rita Asmidar, a 33-year old midwife, is rushing through the rain toward the health post of Ulee Kareng sub-district, where she always starts her daily activities in the village of Ie Masen by reporting her attendance before o

Everyone benefits!
While parents can request a birth certificate free of charge from the Registry Office of their District within 60 days after birth, many families throughout Indonesia do not take advantage of this opportunity. This leaves a great number of children withou



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