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Indonesian Health Care System Rebuilt After Tsunami

Indonesia has made steady progress in revamping the health care system, after widespread devastation by the Tsunami that stuck on the 26th of December. More than 100, 000 million individuals lost their lives and a million others were injured badly.// JHPIEGO, a John Hopkins University affiliate has been of great help in the process of rejuvenation of the health care system in Aceh.

Midwives form an integral part of the health care system in Indonesia. Infact 80 to 90 % of maternal and newborn care was instituted by midwives, both in the private and public arena. According to official estimates, more than 600 midwifes were either killed or lost their practice due to the tragedy. A partnership between the Aceh chapter of the Indonesian Midwives Association (IBI) and the association enabled a reestablishment of midwifery services.

Staff members of JHPIEGO also helped in the relocation and mobilization of midwives, soon after the tsunami stuck. This to a large extent filled the gaps in health care services throughout Indonesia. In addition, volunteers were also encouraged to participate in diverse areas such as prenatal care, newborn care, vaccination, contraception and other health care services.

"JHPIEGO was honored to be such a large part of the relief efforts after the tsunami. We've maintained health care programs focused on women and families in Indonesia for over 30 years. Because of our close working relationships with the Ministry of Health, nongovernmental organizations, and local professionals and business groups, we were well-poised to help with emergency healthcare relief and now with a long-term strategy for a new healthcare infrastructure,” comments Dr. Mancuso, president and CEO of JHPIEGO.

"A midwife is the village's first point of contact for primary care and referral. The education of new and practicing midwives is one of the key factors in reestablishing and improving quality health care in Indonesia. JHP
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