UNICEF Indonesia Annual Report 2018
Getting children's lives back on track
It is a pleasure for me to share with you our annual report for 2018. Since I joined the office last year as the UNICEF Representative to Indonesia, I have seen both the remarkable achievements as well as the complex challenges of our work to protect the rights of every child.
In 2018 alone, Indonesia experienced three major earthquakes which had a profound impact on the
country’s children, particularly the most vulnerable. I arrived in the days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the island of Sulawesi in September and witnessed for myself the incredible resilience of Indonesia’s people in the face of extraordinary adversity.
I am proud to say that UNICEF was the first UN agency to deliver essential emergency supplies to the region in the wake of the disaster. Our staff worked tirelessly with the Government to reach 1.4 million people in Sulawesi and Lombok, including 475,000 children, which you can
read about on pages 8-9. You can also read on page 5 about how we helped to reunite a father with his son in Palu, one of the dozens of separated children that we successfully traced and reunited with their families.
Emergency response was a major element of our country programme in 2018. But it was just a single part of our work with a wide range of key actors to reach the children that are at risk of being left behind. In 2018, together with Government and civil society partners, we initiated the second phase of a two-year nationwide immunization campaign to vaccinate nearly 70 million children against measles and rubella. On page 6 you can read about how we work with local health
officials and NGOs in the city of Ambon, in Eastern Indonesia to ensure that every child, even those from the hardest-to reach communities, is protected against preventable diseases.
To give every child a fair chance in life, we are working to ensure equal access to learning opportunities that provide the knowledge and skills needed to thrive. In Brebes, we supported a Back to School Initiative through which 7,000 children have returned to both formal and non-formal education programmes. Fourteen-year-old Widi is one of these children who dreams of achieving a better life through education, despite economic hardship. You can read her inspiring story on page 11.
Despite the substantial obstacles that remain, I am optimistic about our potential for success as we all remain committed to the same goal: the realization of the rights for all children in Indonesia. We are thankful for the support from our 62,000 individual donors, development partners and all Indonesia’s champions for children who continue to make progress possible. Our collective efforts to improve a child’s health, education and environment offer hope for a brighter future.
Debora Comini, UNICEF Indonesia Representative