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Indonesia

In Indonesia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) focuses on improving adolescent healthcare.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a new programme focusing on the health needs of adolescents in Indonesia.

The main goal of our adolescent healthcare programme in Jakarta province and Pandeglang district, Banten province, is to continuously improve the quality and availability of targeted health services for adolescents, such as anteand postnatal care for pregnant girls and young mothers, by building connections between local communities, schools and health service providers.

Our team supports local health centre 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 centre, the Saung Rhino Youth Corner in Banten.

In Jakarta, we supported the Ministry of Health’s health screening programme and the development of adolescent reproductive health guidelines for the Thousand Islands archipelago, which lies off the north coast. 

During 2019, we provided 75 counselling sessions, supported 5,161 consultations in adolescent healthcare services and carried out ante- and postnatal consultations with 297 pregnant adolescents. In addition, we initiated five health programmes in schools

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 is engaging 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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