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Indonesia

In Indonesia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focused on improving adolescent healthcare and working with the authorities to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

In Indonesia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focused on improving adolescent healthcare and working with the authorities to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

The main goal of our programmes in Banten and Jakarta provinces is to 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. Health education is given in a way that is adapted to the target group. We also support the provision of adolescent-friendly health services inside health centres.

In 2020, our programme in Jakarta included activities such as counselling sessions, as well as consultations in adolescent healthcare services at Islamic boarding schools and for street children. However, we had to suspend these activities when COVID-19 broke out. Where possible, we adapted our other projects to the new health protocols during the pandemic. We were able to continue some of our face-to-face activities using the necessary protective equipment, while others had to be switched to online platforms. 

Our teams in Jakarta and Banten also supported the response to the pandemic, by conducting workshops and training medical staff and community health workers involved in the management of suspected COVID-19 patients.

In addition, the team in Banten worked in Labuan and Carita subdistricts, supporting the surveillance taskforce. In places where confusion about COVID-19 was widespread, our teams conducted training of trainers. Groups of household heads participated in interactive training sessions about the virus and were then able to educate and inform their communities. We also donated personal protective equipment to different health centres. 

Emergency response 

Indonesia was hit by a series of natural disasters in 2018: earthquakes in Lombok island in July and August; an earthquake, followed by a tsunami and liquefaction in Palu, Sulawesi, in September; and the eruption of Krakatoa, which caused a tsunami along the Sunda Strait, in December. 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 engaged with Indonesian disaster management agencies with the aim of offering crucial technical support and assistance with the development of national response capacity. 

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We also continued our response to the December 2018 tsunami in the Sunda Strait. Our team conducted nearly 2,100 primary healthcare consultations and 34 individual and group mental health sessions in 2019, before ending the intervention in April.

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