How MSF is fighting COVID-19 in Indonesia
MSF continues to provide “training of trainers” education to staff of health facilities and targeted groups in Jakarta. People trained by MSF are qualified to conduct health promotion sessions in their communities.
In Banten, we are also engaging with different village COVID-19 task forces, schools, and others, and have continued personal protective equipment donations to two dedicated health centers there. MSF also provides COVID-19-related mental health and psychosocial support in Banten and Jakarta..
In Indonesia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focuses on improving adolescent health care.
In many Indonesian provinces, adolescents lack access to quality health care, such as ante- and postnatal care for pregnant girls and young mothers. Indonesia is also located on the tectonic ‘Ring of Fire’ and prone to natural disasters, including tsunamis.
The main goal of our adolescent health care programs in Jakarta province and Pandeglang district, Banten province, is to continuously improve the quality and availability of targeted health services for adolescents, such as ante- and postnatal care for pregnant girls and young mothers, by building connections between local communities, schools, and health service providers. Learn how you can best help in Indonesia and other countries.
Our team supports local health center staff to run adolescent health services and strengthens capacity through mentorship and training. We also deploy staff to run health promotion activities and education sessions for teens and parents in their villages or in the MSF education center, the Saung Rhino Youth Corner in Banten.
During 2019, we provided 75 counseling sessions, supported 5,161 consultations in adolescent health care services and carried out ante- and postnatal consultations with 297 pregnant adolescents. In addition, we initiated five health programs in schools. Please donate to support our work in Indonesia and other countries around the world now.
Indonesia is located on the tectonic ‘Ring of Fire’ and prone to natural disasters. Drawing on the lessons learned from our interventions in three major natural disasters in 2018, MSF is engaging with Indonesian disaster management agencies with the aim of offering crucial technical support and assistance with the development of the national response capacity.
We also continued our response to the December 2018 tsunami in the Sunda Strait. Our team conducted nearly 2,100 primary health care consultations and 34 individual and group mental health sessions in 2019, before ending the intervention in April.