24 July 2020

Report of Rapid Health Assessment

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Indonesia, with technical support from UNICEF, conducted a rapid assessment at different levels of the health system to have a better understanding the effects of COVID-19 on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) services. The aim of this exercise was to identify gaps, gather perceptions of health workers, prepare for the resumption and safe scale up of MNCH activities, and tailor interventions to reach vulnerable communities. From April-May 2020, a total of 2,740 puskesmas (health center) participated in the online survey with a completion rate of 86%, covering all 34 provinces in the country. The survey found that 75% village health posts (‘posyandu’) were closed and over 41% home visits were suspended. Nearly 86% of posyandus reported suspension of child growth and development monitoring, 55% reported a suspension of immunization services and 46% reported a disruption of Vitamin A distribution and similarly 46% reported suspension of antenatal care services. The main reasons stated for suspension of services included community safety concerns as well as physical distancing measures and health workers’ anxiety. Building on these findings, MOH, with support from partners including UNICEF, is working to ensure sustainability of essential health service for mothers and children during COVID-19 pandemic. This includes development of relevant guidelines and health education materials as well as capacity building for health workers.
29 January 2020

The Right to Breathe: Reducing Pneumonia in Children

Looking at the sweet, chubby-cheeked boy nestling contentedly in the arms of his mother, you would never have guessed that he is not healthy. “Septian has pneumonia,” says the boy’s mother, Baiq Yuliati. “He’s been admitted to the hospital three times, and the last time was so severe he had to stay for a few days,” says his mother, Baiq Yuliati.…, Pneumonia: The Number One Killer of Children, In the last two decades, Indonesia has made significant public health gains, chiefly a steady reduction of children’s mortality and a vastly improved immunization programme. This includes the government’s most recent procurement, via UNICEF, of the first 1.6 million doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). The doses are part of a multi-year…, Toxic environment, A common thread running through most of the pneumonia cases found by UNICEF is the toxic environment in which the children live. Septian’s house, recently rebuilt with government assistance after the Lombok earthquake, is flanked by two tobacco-curing facilities where Septian’s father, a tobacco farmer, labors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during…, UNICEF-supported initiatives, Over the years, UNICEF has been assisting the provincial government in boosting public health services for children, especially in the aftermath of the Lombok earthquake. The effort is focused on immunization, nutrition, family monitoring of major childhood illnesses, and improving the biggest systemic problem—unequal distribution of health…, How You Can Help, Thanks to the generous contributions of individual donors, UNICEF has been able to work with hospitals, health centres, health ministry officials and medical workers across Indonesia to help reduce children’s vulnerability to pneumonia and other preventable illnesses. With increased capacity, we could have helped prevent children like Septian,…