August 17, 2018
On August 16, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta for the Project for Enhancing the Quality of Maternal and Child Health Program and the Implementation of Maternal and Child Health Handbook in the Era of Decentralization, a technical cooperation project.
While participating in JICA training in Japan in 1992, an Indonesian physician realized how useful the Maternal and Child Health Handbook was, a discovery that led to long-term cooperation under which JICA introduced the handbook, and distribution and utilization continues in every province of Indonesia to this day. The aim of the project is to improve maternal and child health services in Indonesia through increased use of the handbook, which will be promoted through project activities such as digitization of the handbook and promotion of partnerships with private health providers.
At the same time, experience and knowledge pertaining to using the Maternal and Child Health Handbook in Indonesia will be shared with other countries, contributing to better utilization of the handbook and promoting continuing healthcare for mothers and children.
Details for the project are provided below.
|Country||Republic of Indonesia|
|Project title||Project for Enhancing the Quality of Maternal and Child Health Program and the Implementation of Maternal and Child Health Handbook in the Era of Decentralization|
|Planned implementation period||September 2018 to August 2023|
|Executing agency||Ministry of Health|
|Target region||Target provinces for Centers of Excellence (COEs) will be selected at the beginning of the project (assuming 2 provinces at the beginning, expanding eventually to 5 provinces), and activities will be conducted mainly in those COEs. The selected provinces will also lead the sharing of experience and knowledge with other countries.|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Improve the quality of maternal and child health programs using the Maternal and Child Health Handbook in COEs, and share acquired knowledge with other provinces and other countries to promote a continuum of care for mothers and children.|